Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wherever I settle

Two years ago, I learned Psalm 139 by heart at a JV Kid's camp. I have heard all those verses, and yet, the Lord can use them over and over to remind us of His heart for us. I was reading that particular Psalm again a couple weeks ago, and these two verses stood out...

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."
- Psalm 139: 9-10

All of a sudden, those verses came alive for me. I'm not rising on the wings of dawn, but I am getting up early on the 15th of August to get on an airplane. That airplane will take me to the farthest side of the ocean, to a completely different world. I will settle far away from where I am now. 

Even THERE  His hand will guide me. 

How comforting those words became to me in a moment! God knows what I'm heading into, and He promises to be there. He knows I'm moving, settling somewhere new, but He already has plans set out for me there. His Spirit will not leave me. (verse 7) 

His right hand will hold me fast. 

He won't let me slip. I think of what it would mean if I were walking somewhere unknown and maybe a bit scary, and my dad held my hand in his. Safety. Security. Knowing that the Lord will hold me fast means that no matter what happens, or what changes I face, He won't let me out of his sight, and I can fall back on Him always.

Caleb Patty's photo!

In the past few months as I've been preparing for Moody, God has been lining up one thing after another for me. He didn't have to let me know what awaits me in Chicago, but He did give me a taste. A few things that show me He cares:

- I was put in the Smith dorms, which means that my roommate and I will have our own bathroom. That is a blessing, because I need my quiet moments in the morning and night! 

- This Summer, one of the JV interns came up to me at a training, and introduced herself. She is a Moody student, and absolutely loves Czech. Turns out, she is on the same floor in Smith as me. And she's studying TESOL (my major) too!

- I already know my RA, Sarah. She sent all of us girls on the floor an e-mail, telling us about our dorm and about herself a bit. I looked up her name on Facebook, and recognized her! Well, she actually served at Gull Lake when we were there, worked with Caleb, and even knows the rest of my family at Moody. She is so sweet, and mostly, I can't believe that out of all the RA's, she's the one God placed me with.

- My family will be there. When I chose Moody, I chose it because I loved the classes, their focus on the Bible, the community, and the overall feel of the school. The fact that both my brothers will be there, and my future sister-in-law too, is definitely a bonus (Lara is there too, just not at Moody anymore, since she graduated). To know that they are there just gives me peace about it all.

(This picture was taken in October, when we were in Chicago)

That's just the beginning of what God has prepared. I know His hand will guide me, even if that means on the other side of the ocean. 

"You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain."
- Psalm 139: 1-6


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