To say life has been busy would be a grand understatement. Perhaps it could be more accurately described as a four-going-on-five-week-hustle. I’m exhausted, sleep-deprived, and either laughing at or crying over everything.
Leading up to last Wednesday, I was fighting anxiety and the thoughts in the back of my mind that told me perhaps my trip to California would not be funded. That perhaps this would be some sort of sign about whether I should go. I felt deep down that regardless of the fundraising outcome, I would go.
The unknowns just felt so heavy.
Part of my fundraising efforts was a coffee house that was held at my church. Corner Brookers were invited for an evening of coffee, so many delicious baked goods made with love by some of my dearest friends and family, and music. Oh, the music. How blessed is Corner Brook to have so much local talent per capita?
Once the night began, my anxiety over getting things organized soon dissolved; the atmosphere in the room became so light and comforting and good. Seeing all the people in my life who came out to support me made my heart want to explode.
I had hoped to put a significant dent in the raised total with this fundraiser, but I never dared to dream that God would literally double the amount of donations I prayed for.
That night when I got home, I did some basic math and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there were tears when I realized that my $2500 goal had been practically reached. Within the same week, that goal was exceeded.
There were tears and there are still tears because I was and am so honoured, so moved and humbled that I have such an incredible community of generous people supporting me and this outreach.
It’s had me thinking all week how often I think I know how life is going to play out. And then God steps in with one giant swoop of a “nope”.
“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.”
Isaiah 55:8 (MSG)
PTL for that.
To all the people who have helped me on my journey so far: thank you doesn’t quite cut it. I truly couldn’t be doing this without you.
My life may be busier, more overwhelming and definitely more emotional than it has been in a long while, but it is full and it is good and for that, I am thankful.
Even though I’ve reached my $2500 goal, To Biola With Love can still use further donations! The draw for this canvas print is still open, so anyone who donates $20 by June 23rd is eligible to win! Click the photo to go to the PayPal link. (You don’t need a PayPal account!)
(Photos by Jess Buckle)