I've been trying to mentally prepare myself (as are many others) for this trip to Uganda but how in the world do you do that? How do you prepare yourself for something you have never encountered? How do you prepare yourself for something completely different than what you are use to? How do you prepare yourself for a life-changing event?
Ah, the questions that come like a flood right before a challenge!
What do I have to give? What do I have that they need? Can I do this? Am I enough? Am I up to the challenge? Am I ready? Am I really suppose to be doing this? What if....?
And then the affirming conclusion: It's too late to back out now!
The truth though is found in 2 Chronicles 29:36: "And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly."
God can prepare you for the thing that came suddenly. God gives words at the moment you need them. God can prepare you for what you are not ready for. God can prepare you for what you think you are ready for. God can make you enough even when you feel you are not enough. God can give the strength, the grace, the love, the joy, the peace, the patience, the miracles. God can. God does. God will.
Sure, I can try to prepare myself. My suitcase is ready- with beef jerky, kleenex, flip flops (don't need much more than that!) We plan our steps, we pack our suitcases, we pray, we prepare messages, we read up on the economy/the problems of the country...But truly, we have to trust the One who is already there...who has been there since the beginning...and will be there after we leave. He started a work in Uganda and He will be faithful to complete it. I am just excited we get to be there for a little bit in the middle!