I’ve seen it in films before; the nostalgic head turn, looking back at the skyline of a city full of memories, trials, celebrations, and love in your rear view mirror. It wasn’t until today that I experienced the overflow of emotions that dwell in the vehicle as you drive away from a place you’ve called home.
John Piper said, “When you give up the sense of at-homeness you had in your house, you get back one hundred times the comfort and security knowing the Lord owns every home.”
In the previous 5 days, I graduated from my dream college, held my grandmothers hand during her last breaths, and have immersed myself in a community of people that have showered me with God’s love. These moments are invaluable to me for eternity.
As I walk into the mission field, at the center of God’s will for my life, I will be the first to confess that the glamorized image of dreams coming true isn’t as picturesque as the movie trailer life in which we selectively display our supreme moments in. Dreams coming to life are accompanied by the price of spiritual warfare and tests that I have never encountered at such intensity before.
A dear friend of mine shared this convicting T.S. Eliot quote with me before leaving my beloved Nashville:
Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are and
I renounce the blessed face
And renounce the voice
Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice
I can only hope to walk through the next 6 months in Africa with such faith and humility. I trust that God is going to give me “movie moments.” Vision is the lens that interprets the events of our life, the way we view people and our concept of God. I trust that I am going to witness things that are meant for my eyes to see to deliver stories to others through the lens of God’s vision.
I cannot fathom my gratefulness to be a Lumos Travel Scholarship recipient. This is an honor and privilege that I have dreamt of since the beginning of my college career and it is surreal that this vision has become a reality.
I am so looking forward to the opportunity to put into practice everything I learned in the Social Entrepreneurship program at Belmont University as I work as a Marketing Intern at Joint Aid Management. This is an organization that I have been passionate about for many years with a community of people that I have so much respect for.
“The level of sacrifice that an environment requires will determine the size of people that will follow” -Kris Vallotton