Only 5 sleeps left in Berlin; I can hardly believe it.
If I were to explain in full, using mere words, how majestically God has shown Himself to me over these last two months, this post would go on for an eternity. So I’ll try to make it brief.
I continue to learn that, when I don’t rely on my agenda, life is sweet. God keeps reminding me Who is in control; Who’s actually writing this story.
My imagination cannot even go as far as His already established plans do.
God often speaks to me in visions and dreams, and the most recent picture He’s given is one of a wrapped present, filled with exciting items I daily get to pull out.
I now look back and see that me buying a plane ticket and having a place to call home here was only the bow tied around the boxed-gift.
Life as a child of God is the gift that keeps on giving. Not necessarily giving of nice cars, toys or materials, but LIFE!
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Life is, regardless of what the enemy or you may tell yourself, better when God is fully in control.
You cannot think up options, ideas or experiences that could supersede His.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I promise (& don’t use that term lightly) that, when God is guiding your every step, you will have fullness of life. Not simply living to the “fullest”, because God doesn’t have limits on how full life can be. Life in Him is full because He is an abundant stream of life.
Surrender yourself unto Him; I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
[Friend: this adventure has brought a whole new meaning to the word.]
Let me introduce you to a few of the sweet souls I’ve had the privilege of getting to know on my journey in Berlin:
Meet Andrea (Andie):
Meet Emma, Jacob and Ben:
These kids bring an abundance of laughter, life and love to everyone around them! I’ve been so privileged to live under the same roof as them, which has only provided endless memories and fun times to one day look back on.
Emma: fun-loving, caring, full of life. Brave is the word that comes to mind when I think of her. Sweet in her approach, she manages to make known the power of Christ and greatness of life in Him. I love that I, a 20 year old, can glean wisdom from her, a 12 year old.
Jacob: story-teller, sweet-heart, thoughtful. This young man loves Jesus so much, and it’s beyond evident in the way he lives. Always thinking of others, making everyone feel included and important. I am so anxious to see how the Lord changes the world through this little man. Big things will happen, no doubt!
Ben: adorable, comedic, inventive. Always looking for ways to have fun, Ben keeps life exciting and me on my toes! When around him, I guarantee you will have several belly laughs for things you never could’ve thought up. His life-story so far has been nothing short of amazing, and I believe the rest of his days will not be less than that!
Long story short, I’ve met some really awesome people and learned some really awesome things here.
I came to Berlin with only one rather ambiguous expectation: Learn more about God. And He substantially delivered.
I’m so glad to know the Author of my life isn’t me; my imagination is beyond boring compared to His works.
Prayer has also been a huge part of my time here. Reading scripture while praying, I’ve found, is really important. Being able to read the promises of my faithful God, while knowing He is attentive to my pleas & cries, is ever comforting.
My hope is that, by reading only snippets of my explorations, you would be enlightened to step out in faith, and simply say, “YES!” to any crazy adventure that should come your way. I’m praying for more of that in my life, and for yours!