WHAT I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT MY TRIP TO AFRICA

I leave for Africa in five days. It’s a trip I’ve always wanted to take and one that I’m sure will change my life forever. As I prepare to fly half-way around the world, leaving behind home and family for two weeks, I’m carefully choosing what to pack and what to leave behind. In this post I’m opening my heart (not my suitcase) with hopes to encourage you on your journey.

 

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What I Haven’t Told You About My Trip to Africa

  1. I’m not excited {yet}.

If I had a dollar for every person who’s ask me, “Are you excited?” I’d trade in my economy ticket for a first class seat. (I’ve never traveled in first class so I can only imagine what I’m missing.) Alas, I am not excited (yet) about this trip. I’ve lied to you who’ve asked and said I was. I’m sorry. I don’t want seem ungrateful, unspiritual, and unChristian by answering, “No, I’m really not excited about going to Africa {yet}. For goodness sake, I have stuff to do before I go half-way around the world for two weeks.”

Tell me. What good Christian woman going on the trip of a lifetime, taking Jesus to Africa, wouldn’t be excited? Uhm. That would be me. Don’t judge.

Which brings me to the second thing I haven’t told you about my trip to Africa.

  1. I’m anxious.

Did I mention that I’m flying half-way around the world nonstop? I’ll be on a plane, in the air, for a whole day of my life! Then for two weeks, I’ll be eating and sleeping and talking with people I don’t really know. I’ve already shared that I’m going to Africa with fear and great joy but did I mention I’m a homebody? At home, I know my people and my food and my bed. I know what I’m doing today and how to do it. Not knowing makes me anxious.

Which brings me to the third thing I haven’t told you about my trip to Africa.

  1. I don’t know

Yep. You read that correctly.

I. Don’t. Know.

Wednesday, June 15, we’re flying from Nashville to Washington, DC to Johannesburg, South Africa. We’ll be working alongside a pastor in the Zambezi River Valley sharing the gospel through the Jesus Film and water filters. We have plans to see Victoria Falls. On June 30, we’ll fly out of Johannesburg and back to the U.S. That’s it. That’s all I know. Some of you are thinking, “So what else do you need to know?”

Only EVERYTHING!

Details, people. I need details. Like a schedule, daily itinerary, and detailed map. I feel sure that if I had all of those things and knew more details, I’d be excited. You see, it’s not what I know that’s making me really anxious, it’s what I don’t know.

And now you know I’m not just a homebody. I’m also an ungrateful, unspiritual, unChristian control freak.  We’ll, not really. OK, sometimes.

Which brings me to the last thing I haven’t told you about my trip to Africa.

  1. Jesus is taking me to Africa

Jesus is taking me to Africa. I hope I have the chance to share Jesus while I’m there. I feel confident I will. But the truth is, this trip isn’t as much about me taking Jesus to Africa as it is about Jesus taking me.

Because:

  • I’m not excited {yet}
  • I’m anxious
  • I don’t know what I don’t know

And because Jesus wants me to trust Him and to rest in Him more than He wants anything else for me, He’s taking me to Africa. He’s not sending me. He’s taking me—with Him.

 What I’ve Learned Preparing for My Trip

I don’t have to be excited, it’s OK to feel anxious, and I don’t have to know all the details to go.

What I’ve learned is this: Surrender.

I just need to go to Africa with Jesus. He knows me, He loves me, and He wants me to trust Him.

And I do.

Because this.

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I don’t know all that God wants to do in and through me in the coming days, but I know that all He does is for my good and His glory. And I’m in. I’m going to Africa with Jesus.

What About You?

This post isn’t just about me. Yes, I’m going to Africa but that’s not the main point of this story. I shared so that you might ask yourself this question:

“Where is Jesus taking me?”

Friend, you’re not reading this by accident today. God is at work in your life wherever you are.

Please consider these questions:

1. What experiences, trials, heartaches, challenges, opportunities, or disappointments are on your calendar these days?

2. What thoughts and feelings about these experiences, especially the ones you might not talk about, do you need to offer to Jesus?

Wherever He’s taking you, go with Him! He’s not sending you off alone. He’s taking you with Him, if you’ll go.

Learn the loving lessons He wants to teach you.

You mean the world to Him. He knows you, He loves you, and He wants you to trust Him. Will you?

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4 Responses to WHAT I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT MY TRIP TO AFRICA

  1. Julie June 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I can completely relate to this, Stacy! Thank you for sharing your heart and for challenging us to look at our own lives as well. Honestly, I don’t often know where Jesus is taking me, but I know He’s asked me to follow Him, to be as good a wife to Jon as possible, and to raise my spark plugs in a manner that honors Him. What else He has in store for me, only He knows! And some days, I’m not all that excited about where He’s taking me. I wasn’t excited when He asked me to walk the hallway of financial difficulty, or when He asked me to enter the world of autoimmune issues. But through those hard times that I wasn’t excited about, He has shown Himself faithful, and I’ve come to love Him so much more than I would have if He’d not taken me there. I know He can and will use you in Africa, and I will be praying for you!

    • Stacy Averette August 15, 2016 at 9:38 am #

      Julie, isn’t it wonderful that even when we don’t know where God is taking us we can always know that He is a trustworthy Guide. Thanks for sharing your story and testimony of His faithfulness.

  2. Sherry June 10, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    I will be keeping you in prayer. A mother and daughter from my church are going to Africa the 1st of July. We have had several people who have went with Jesus to Africa and they have said it is a lifetime experience. I can so relate to your post I want the step by step directions and how everything will turn out. I am having to learn that I am not going to get that and I have to trust God to take care of everything. I would like to say it is easy for me to trust and follow God but most days I am kicking and screaming wanting to have my questions answered. Seems like every post I see on facebook talks about this and to just take small steps and I will get to where I need to be. Your writings are such a blessing. Just remember take time to experience what God has for YOU on your trip to Africa.

    • Stacy Averette August 15, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Sherry. It’s not always easy for my to trust Him but I’m always glad when I do!!