Hello and happy Tuesday, friends! Last week I introduced you to a new weekly series I’m starting on the blog called “Twenty Tuesdays“. If you haven’t had the chance to read up on this new adventure yet, you should do it now.
All caught up? Okay good.
Today’s first guest post is coming from my dear friend and former college roommate, Erin Hiatt. After we graduated college, I said I was moving to Kansas City…she said she was moving to southeast Asia. She’s crazy like that.
But that’s one of the many things I love about Erin. She is a powerhouse of a woman. She loves Jesus and is choosing each day to be obedient to God’s call, even when that calling led her overseas away from friends and family at the age of 22. Golly, she’s brave. And I am so so glad I get to call her my friend!
Okay, sorry, I’ll stop gushing about her so you can read her story. Today she’s sharing with us some thoughts on being on mission for God as a single, 20-something gal. Enjoy!
I remember sitting in church listening to a woman speak about her exotic life as an overseas missionary at age nine. She spoke of serving the Lord and of the incredible things she had experienced. She spoke of jungles and monkeys, but the thing I remember most, was thinking “she is so brave, I could/would never want to do that alone.”
Fast forward fifteen years and I am “doing that”. In the sense that I live in an exotic country with jungles where a monkey once stole butter from my table, and on my visa papers – that I fill out by myself – check the “single” box.
In two years, since moving to Asia, I have lived in two countries and traveled to four others for ministry. I have learned dozens of recipes, and one new language. I now know how to purify water and I can ride a motorbike. I have camped on the side of a volcano, and stayed in a villa overlooking the ocean.
Is my life exotic? It can be.
Is it scary? At times.
Do I feel lonely? Yes.
But, as I am seeking to fulfill the Great Commission in the way I have been called, the nearness of God becomes more apparent and comforting each day.
“Go therefore, and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This passage does not end after “…all that I have commanded” It ends with “I am with you ALWAYS.”
Always, when I feel scared and lonely. Always, when I play with children and long for my own. When I confront the thought that living overseas decreases my chances of meeting someone to marry. And, when I am reminded of the amazing life I have, serving the Lord overseas.
God hasn’t forgotten me. He still knows I long to be a wife and a mother. He hasn’t forgotten I prefer cooler climates to scorching ones, but He has equipped me for now and given me joy in it.
I feel joy when rains fall and the air is cooled for a bit, I feel joy when I use the correct verb, I feel joy when I receive a hug from a student, I feel joy when I meet a brother or sister in Christ on this side of the world, I feel joy when I get to serve the Lord, joining all those who have come before me to help make known the name of Jesus, and I feel joy knowing that I am loved and known by the King of the Universe.
If someone had told nine year old me that when I was 24 I would not be married and living in Asia alone, I would have looked to my twenties with fear. I still can’t believe all that God has done in my life and where He has taken me, but I don’t fear about my future. I only know one thing about what my next term holds – God is with me. Always.
Y’all. Isn’t she awesome? Thanks for sharing, Erin! You inspire me and I love you dearly!
Join me next week for more 20-something inspiration and fun. I think this is my favorite thing I’ve ever done. That rhymed.
Love you guys.