Wow so i have one more week to go until i fly to Bogota. I've managed to get lots of things sorted and on Sunday I found out about my host family and the language school i'll be attending (I'll provide info once i've arrived). This just makes everything so much more real and exciting!
People keep asking me whether i'm excited. I think this is an interesting question because I am excited but also anxious. It's also hard to be excited about things when you have no idea what will be meeting you the other side. However, in all of it I feel complete peace because I know God has called me and He makes all things come together for good, so I have no reason to fear. In church on Sunday a song was sung which has the words "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my saviour" (Oceans, Hillsong United). This is what I want and this is how I want to be for God.
So what have I done in preparation for going, well I've started packing so my walls are now bare and my room is no longer personal to me. I feel sad about all of this because suddenly a place that was full of my personality is now just a room. My stuff is in a box, which on the outside looks like nothing, but on the inside contains so many memories. The box i've packed is stuff that i'm not taking with me at all, yet it contains meaning, and precious things. I've been cancelling policies and direct debits, being adult and ensuring that I still pay National Insurance when i'm away, redirecting my mail and all sorts of responsible things. Who would have thought that moving away meant instantly taking responsibility for things you never thought of!
I've also been loved being unemployed because it meant i've had time to sit, do stuff and think. I've become a lady (ish, maybe...never!) what does coffee and lunch and I love it! It's amazing that when you don't work you can find yourself very busy. I've also been cramming in series 4 of prison break- 4 episodes to go! Note to those who are thinking of going away- DO NOT START WATCHING A SERIES OF ANYTHING!
Anyway, in this next week i have more lunches and coffee dates, I have more packing to do and a few more responsible adult things to do. Most of all, and most importantly I have a great amount of time to spend with my Father in Heaven, to get to know Him more and to remind myself of all the promises He has made. One of my housemates reminded me of a verse in Jeremiah, which says "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (29:11, NLT)" May you all know the truth of this and may I be reminded of this daily.