Let’s go back to the fall of 2009, when I was a cute freshman, in an Elmira College beanie. All the new students had to wear one during orientation, and I was proud to do so.
Sitting next to me is Wendy, my very first roommate.
She made me nervous at first with her intense love for cows, but soon became one of my closest friends on campus and in the world. She is kind, caring, hilarious, and is basically Chummy from Call The Midwife.
Wendy is a nurse, and is going to impact so many lives here in the US, and around the world. (Even if she doesn’t know it yet)
My Major: Speech & Language Disabilities
My Interests: Finding a boyfriend, looking at wedding dresses and engagement rings online, Nutella
FYI: (I wasn’t as shallow or uninteresting as this list makes me out to be, I just can’t remember what all of my interests were…)
My Goals: I think at this point it was to become a Speech Therapist, and to eventually travel the world with my rich musician husband. I thought a lot about becoming a Globe Trekker host.
Fast Forward five years: the fall of 2014.
I am now a Senior at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA, donning a pair of sparkly diamond rings, and unnecessarily huge frames. Scrunched up next to me is one half of my pair of roommates; Milo, the cat. This picture accurately shows his distaste for me & my camera.
My Major: Early Childhood Education
My Interests: Building incredible Lego creations (haha), blogging, baby carrots, yoga, and spending great amounts of time with my husband & Milo.
(I also really love yard sales, taking naps, and going to bed at 10 p.m. I am an elderly person.)
My Goals: To finish school next May, quit my wonderful job at the YMCA, and move to South Korea to teach English. Eventually, Caleb and I want to enter into full-time missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a teacher & a businessman.
Today, as I sat in 1 out of the 3 remaining classes of my Undergrad with Professor Aspito, I was inspired and encouraged. If you met this woman, you would understand why…it’s hard to be near her and not feel her passion for education, and for each of her students. I mentioned her in another post that you should definitely check out.
Before we delved into our syllabus, and started a lecture on teaching Social Studies, she began class by giving us a verse for our Senior Year.
It happened to be the perfect verse, and one that I needed for today, tomorrow, and for all the other days when I’ve wondered when I’m going to reach “the place.”
Sometimes I feel like Phoenixville is Egypt, and I’m working my way through papers, and long days at the YMCA to get to the promised land.
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (Exodus 23:20)
I think back to my first day of college in 2009, and how little I knew about where I was going in life. I think about all the times when God protected me, and guarded my life, my purity, and my heart.
He brought me to Peru and stirred up my love for the people of South America, and gave me a desire for full-time missions. God provided the finances, grace, and patience I needed to get to and through all of these places, and you know what?
He’s not going to stop now.
God is going to bring me (and Caleb), to the place He has prepared.
And not only has He prepared the place, but He is constantly preparing us. Changing and molding our hearts so that when the time comes, we’re ready.