Andy and I have been preparing for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. We leave tomorrow. Yeah...tomorrow!! Please be in prayer for the team as we go to love on the children in the Mission of Mercy Child Development projects.
Getting physically ready for the trip was the easy part. Getting ready mentally was a challenge, but mostly getting ready spiritually was a huge step of faith. I don't know what to expect. I have traveled internationally on vacations before but never on a mission trip, so this is my first.
When it comes to thinking about how the trip is going to go, about the plans, I don't have any past experience to draw on. I have no memories, no knowledge of how this is all going to work out. I know it's all going to be fine though and it will go just how God planned it.
When I was thinking about it, all I was coming up with was blank page. Nothing, an empty slate. I think that is exactly what God wants me to think. This way, I don't come in with expectations, or ideas about how I THINK it should go. This way, I am open to the ways of God, knowing He has all the details planned out, has guided the planners, specifically, for such a time is this, for this team to be His hands and feet of the Gospel and to share His love.
I love this part of the preparation, the blank page. This means that I am depending on God to see this project through and relying on His strength to do the things that He is requiring me to do. I know that God will show up, after all He has ordained the steps of this trip, of this team, of the leadership, those who we will be working with when we arrive.
What is God calling you to do? Embrace the blank page!