I want to let you all know what has been going on recently.
So, my first year at Jessup has come to a close (thankfully). And I felt a release as I was talking to God about my last season; it was over. I cried a lot. Guys, you have followed along in my rough season of life, you’ve seen the growth and experienced the lessons with me, and I want you all to be a part of this next season of life as well.
God is faithful. We all know it, and we all see it. Now let’s not forget it. God brought me through some of the hardest times of my life recently and He has now decided to allow me a break where I can fully enjoy all that God has in store. God is just and merciful and powerful, but He is also love, grace, and fun (yes, God is fun)! And now I get to experience other attributes of God. How He takes care of those who love Him, how He always is ready to abundantly over pour love on our lives, and how He wants us to find joy in the world He created. But I do not wish the suffering and the hardship never happened. Because of it, I have a deepened faith in our Lord Christ Jesus. I discovered the power of prayer, the reality of living a life of faith, and the truth about being created in God’s image. “Which would you rather have? A smooth path, or a road so rough that the Lord is compelled to reveal his face to you at every step?” For me, I would rather have the intimacy of knowing Christ in all his love and grace, even if it requires a stony trail to get me there. And boy, there have been some straight up boulders on my path ladies and gentlemen.
Yesterday, I was able to go to Santa Cruz where God did some cool things for me (and the people I went with had no idea which was even MORE cool). But, last semester, I had a friend come visit me at Jessup. With her, she brought two items, a butterfly sticker and a tree patch both from Santa Cruz. As she handed them to me she told me this, “The other day God told me to take a trip to Santa Cruz by myself. So, I did. When I was in one of the stores, God told me to buy these for you and tell you this. The butterfly symbolizes the fact that your whole life you have felt like you have been living in a cocoon, but now you will spread your wings and be released from that cage. The trees symbolize the deep roots you will grow in this next season of life. From the outside, some may not be able to tell but your relationship with Christ will be strengthened and only you will know.” (paraphrasing of course, this was a while ago). Boy, I had no idea what that meant at the time but looking back, I realize that that was God letting me know to prepare for that season of hardship. And I can totally see how my roots of deepened and how I have finally been released from that prison of hurt I carried around from my past. God is so cool. So, going to Santa Cruz yesterday meant a lot to me. It was symbolic that at the end of that season, God brought it around full circle. It started with Santa Cruz and ended with Santa Cruz. Yesterday provided a release in my heart and the ability to move onto what God has in store for me next. I have moved from a season of finding joy amidst suffering into this new season of finding joy through blessing (which I am hoping is a lot easier than the first). God has already been so faithful to His promises and I know full well He will continue to do so.
With that being said, I can’t wait for you all to embark on this new journey with me! This blog is going to start looking more like a travel blog so brace yourselves as God reveals more of His sweetness through the world we live in. In just three long days, I will be flying out to Dublin, Ireland, the first stop of my month-long trek across Europe! I am beyond excited for this trip guys and I can’t wait to share it all with you! For the next month or so, I will be posting about my adventures throughout Europe and of course pictures will be included. I am ready to try all sorts of different foods, step out of my comfort zone, and meet awesome new people along the way. So, Au Revoir for now, as the next post I write will be in Europe (and French is the only language I can somewhat speak)! Stay tuned for more of God’s abundant blessing!!