Happiness is packing for a place very far away
For anyone who knows me knows that I am an over packer. You can ask my best friends from college (Sarah, Cate, Marisa or Tara) and they will be glad to tell you its completely true. And they will probably mention the time we went to Europe and I found myself on multiple airport floors frantically de-stuffing my luggage. Which resulted in my carry on weighing as much as I do because my suitcase was always overweight. I mean I thought I could overpack, isn’t that why suitcases have wheels now;) Apparently not.
Packing for Africa feels different, for some reason I do not feel the need to overpack. I don’t have to worry about what I am going to want over there, I am going to worry about what I need.
You can bet I stocked up on maxi skirts, dresses, sandals, sunblock, peanut better and t- shirts(especially my Project Name Nsa one.) I am excited to live a simpler life, not having to worry about what I am used to worrying about. I am excited for what I am going to miss, because I feel like what I am used to having everyday I have taken for granted. So for now that means goodbye to my mac foundation, lattes, manicures, online shopping, nights out in the city, sushi dinners and sadly binge watching reality television which is my guilty pleasure. So as weird as this sounds I am excited to miss these “western luxuries.”
What I am most excited for, getting closer to God, having to rely on him for everything. Not the “I need this now” or “help me pass this exam and I promise I will go to church next sunday” kind of prayers. This kind of prayers where you are demanding God to do big things, to bring forth healing in his son’s name, to change people’s hearts and make life situations better, the kind of prayer that asks for protection, health and provision. This is what I am excited for, to see God work in such mighty ways that all who encounter could not deny that he is the creator of the universe and that he is with us where ever we choose to go…even in Ghana, Africa 😉
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6