We have arrived home. We love you Brisbane!
We’re so excited to be home and in a familiar environment. We are looking forward to some rest and taking some time to digest what we have experienced and learnt in the last seven months.
Some answers … for people wondering.
Firstly, we don’t feel disappointed or like we’re letting anyone down by being back in Australia earlier than we had originally planned. We’re not embarrassed or uncertain, but glad we followed God’s leading.
We don’t know the purpose behind our whole trip. That’s ok.
We don’t know what we’ll be doing in the short or long-term future. That’s ok.
We actually feel that we are still on our ‘adventure’ and that this is the next step in the journey. That’s ok.
These unanswered questions are ok because we know that God is well aware and we know how proud He is of us. He asked us to ‘step out of the boat’ and we will continue to say yes.
We have grown in many areas this year but by far the biggest lesson we have learnt (and will continue to learn) is…
God asked us on many occasions to trust Him, no matter what. He didn’t ask us to know how everything would work or figure out all the moves, He just asked us to trust. It’s definitely easier said than done and it seems like the more we learn to trust the more trust we have to learn.
Our scripture for this year spoke to us many times and kept us going:
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
While we were in Thailand at the start of August, we arrived at a point where we had four days of plans locked in and then after that nothing; no flights, no destinations, no plans. It was in this moment God said ‘Do you trust me?’ We said yes (with some trepidation) and then as things fell into place we continued to move forward.
This same scenario occurred three more times. Our plans would run out, we would wait and seek and with only days out we would book tickets and accommodation, pack up our things and keep moving. With each of these transitions we were taken to places and people who God had lined up.
There were many other things that kept our hearts strong along the way.
This song was played many times for encouragement –
This song was also played MANY times for confidence –
This beautiful picture was painted by Dana Jensen. It’s called ‘Walk on the water with me’ and looking at it repeatedly brought hope and strength.
As we ‘walked on the water’ with Jesus just as Peter did, we read and reflected on this story many times for inspiration.
Matthew 14:28-34 (NLT) – Jesus Walks on Water
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
God was ever-present and always gracious when we would begin to doubt at any time. Right when we needed it, we would receive e-mails or messages from home as well as have conversations with people we met. We are so grateful for the love and support people have shown us along the way.
We’re excited to be home and excited about the future; we don’t have to know all the answers.
We will continue to trust the one who asks us to step out of the boat.
Tim, Jess & Amy