moving to the desert never seemed like something that would have an affect on me like i thought it would have. leaving the beauty of my city, my home and my people seemed insane to me. but i’ve always known that obeying the lord, no matter how insane is the highest calling i could fulfill. it’s been almost three and a half months out here. the momentum of a new endeavor easily pushed me along. but when momentum wore out and real life set in…i was surprised. suddenly i found myself, for the first time, in a completely new environment and unlike a vacation…i wasn’t flying home in a couple days. i was here to stay. even in the midst of an amazing church and living with an incredible family, i found myself sometimes wondering how in the world in this going to work. that’s not to say i doubted god in his calling me here or my placement, but more than anything i was faced with a giant and often overwhelming task that i had to face on a daily basis.
but the lord in his perfect knowledge and perfect timing began to draw me to himself like never before. late nights out with friends in seattle were replaced with long nights of worship and prayer in the desert. knowing the in’s and out’s of my environment were replaced with a completely blank canvas. the canvas seemed daunting at first. how could it be covered. but i’m an artist…i live for a blank slate to create upon. and my opportunity was waiting for me. so these past three months i’ve been hard at work, painting away i guess you could say. it’s by no means finished, but i think something pretty amazing has been started. from working in a fantastic new environment, to meeting some phenomenal new friends…this blank canvas is beginning to take form. i know there are months to go and thousands of brush strokes remaining, but in every way, god is having his way and turning this blank canvas into something that so far surpasses my wildest expectations. god amazes me everyday down here. and for that i am grateful.