You are blessed. Prayers go before you, hope goes with you, love remains behind you. You are hedged in by more blessings than you understand. How many people have spoken truth and goodness into your life and ministry as you’ve begun this holy pilgrimage? How many intercessions and praises will be declared over you by the time you return? More than we know, praise God. Draw near to God, rejoice always, and be still.
Good and bad times will come. As will both extraordinarily great and difficult ones. That’s true anywhere. Don’t forget that the same people who helped you through life in your past home(s) are still there. Make the effort for calls and messages, and don’t ever feel ashamed of needing them. God created us for community. More importantly, don’t forget that the same God who helped you through life is still there. Don’t feel ashamed in front of Him, either. Jesus models even this.
So, what can you do in the beautiful and bewildering changes that await? Consume as much Scripture as possible now. Then take in even more once you’ve arrived. There is no lifeline like Jesus, the Word made flesh. That’s honestly my biggest piece of advice. When you still don’t have that strong kind of community you left? Open your Bible, not your computer. When you are physically ailing from extreme temperatures, new foods, labor, or sleeplessness? Find rest and healing in God’s lifegiving Word. Think this sounds like a Sunday school answer? Good. For we aspire to childlike faith.
There may be days when you think you don’t have time or feel you don’t have the energy to open your Bible. Now is the time to establish a theme to carry you through the busy and the burdens. Pick a passage you can turn to every time you don’t know where to start, and begin memorizing those words to pray over yourself.
“My child, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
Keep straight the path of your feet,
and all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.”