Well there are now 3 weeks left in school (including finals) for me this semester. I honestly have no idea where the time has gone. This semester has been a really crazy ride. My brain is now filled with so many awesome memories, and my life is filled with so many awesome new and old friends. The next three weeks will be insanely hectic, but then it will be over.
This summer I have accepted a job as a youth ministry intern at Campbell Church of Christ in Campbell, California. I have never been to California, and I have never been away from Nashville for even close to three months. I really feel weird about it though. I feel weird because I really think I should be terrified or worried, and honestly, I’m just not.
There are a lot of things that will not be the same this summer that have become regular happenings for me. This year, I won’t be going to the church camp that I have attended for the past 10 years. This year, I won’t be able to spend an excessive amount of time “fishing” (doing absolutely nothing) with some of my best friends in the world. This year, I won’t get to spend July 4th, my dad’s birthday, with my family. This year, I’m not going to be able to live at my house and enjoy God’s incredible gift of family. This year, I will be missing out on a lot, but somehow, it’s ok.
Sometimes, I believe God gives you opportunities to do something awesome that you didn’t see coming. Sometimes God drops things into your life out of nowhere, things that would have never even have appeared as an option previously. God did that last year when I was able to travel to Ukraine and share my faith on the other side of the world. God dropped this opportunity on me in November when I got an email from some church that I had never heard of in California. The email was looking for people to apply for the youth ministry internship at their church. I was looking for an internship, and I hadn’t heard from any churches in the area, so I thought what the heck, I’ll apply. After applying, I had a phone interview, then sent some references. Next thing I know, I am offered a job, given an opportunity, that I never saw coming. Honestly, I am super excited because I have no other explanation for this happening than God. When I truly believe that something is of God, my worries and concerns always seem to disappear.
God calls us to things that we never see coming. This makes me think of Jesus calling the twelve.
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. -Mark 12:13-14
Levi was probably having a pretty normal day. On that day, Levi made a choice that would change his life forever. Levi probably didn’t know that he was going to become a close friend and follower of the man that would change history forever, but he went anyway. Sometimes God convicts us that something is true or good. When that happens, run with it. Go, and don’t look back.
In conclusion, live a life full of excitement. When God invites you to a party, just show up. God will take care of the rest.