[The first photo of me in Liberia. I got in alot of trouble for carrying the blocks on my head!]Three years ago, today, I was waking up in Liberia for the first time. I can remember that first drive from the guesthouse to the orphanage--full of anticipation and excitement. I remember thinking "what in the world am I doing," followed by, "I can't believe this is actually happening," and probably feeling like I wanted to barf. I only slept for about an hour the night before because it was SO HOT! I was tired, but the adrenaline kept me going. [Who would have ever thought that three years later, I would be tired, but the adrenaline would still keep me going?!]
I would never in a million years imagine my life like it is today. Never did I think I would get to travel to Africa, much less live there AND work with children--that was only a dream in high school. I have met so many like-minded people--friends, and some even family--and I have encountered Jesus in the eyes of so many beautiful children; but more importantly, I have drawn closer to my Father and have a better understanding of His love for people. I can't even imagine my life without all things Liberia, and I can't imagine how different my walk with Christ would be. It's a good thing that He's the one who makes the plans and He's the One who's guiding and directing!
I have learned so many things over the past three years--about others, about the world around me, about myself, about God--but the message remains the same. This morning during my quiet time, God reminded me of why I'm here. He said, "Seek me with all of your heart." That's what this whole thing...this crazy Liberia adventure...this whole journey is about--seeking God with all of my heart.