Almost 2 months ago, I disclosed to just about everyone that I was going to India in this blogpost. Then I had only about 3 weeks to get to 75% of my funds and only about a month and a half to get everything. Absolutely everything. All my tickets. All my vaccines. All the money needed for all that and clothes and glasses and gear. Plus, all the funds for the trip itself! And now here I am. 2 days away from leaving island. 1 1/2 from Training Camp. 2 weeks away from India. And I have nothing, absolutely nothing that has got me worried. I have everything that I need. And I mean everything. This is nuts and the Lord has provided above and beyond anything I ever imagined in such a short amount of time! And it’s even crazy to think that I have enough money for the next 3.5 months. I’ve never had this before. I’ve never in my life didn’t not worry about having money, especially within these last 4 years. But now, I am completely at peace with where I am at funds and completely at peace that I won’t be working for the next 4 months. I was joking yesterday after my last day of work that I am probably the only person, let alone recent college grad, in the U.S. right now that is happy to be unemployed, and the only reason I can be happy about not having a job and not getting anymore money now is because of the Lord. He was the one that stirred me onto this journey, the one that has made me so at peace about it all, and the one that has provided for all of it so that I don’t have to worry.
And you know, that’s how it should have always been. I should have never doubted for a moment that the funds wouldn’t come in. I should have never freaked out about all the little things I need to get there or about the fact that I didn’t have enough baked goods at a certain bake sale. But through all those worries, the Lord taught me to depend on Him. To hand my worries and fears and burdens onto Him and just trust that He’s got it all covered. Because really, He does.
Anytime I’m prone to worry, I’m continually reminded of Matthew 6 and the passage of not being anxious. Looking at it now, the Lord has been speaking so clearly to me through this passage. I was so worried about everything that he speaks against in this passage. About the money to get food overseas. About clothes that I need to be overseas. About all my needs. But the Lord continually reminds me to not worry. To not be anxious. He’s got it all covered. He continually reminds to not be anxious. To trust in Him. Life is more than food and clothes and all these earthly needs. When you have a mindset based on His Kingdom, none of it matters! We mean more to Him than anything else in this world, and yet He takes care of everything on this earth and us! And anything that we need will not hinder our journey as sojourners to the Kingdom of the Lord that should be our ultimate goal in mind. The Lord is so gracious. And He has truly been so gracious to me. I absolutely praise the Lord for all that He has provided, especially the life that I have through Him that has made this all possible!
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father know that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
So this. is my list of everything the Lord has provided for since June 29th!
All that is left: