Finding completion

Since I’ve been back in the USA I’ve had lots of questions that either I struggle to answer or just have to tell the person to pick a different question as I didn’t have an answer or couldn’t emotionally handle the answer or just hadn’t processed through it enough.

Today at church someone asked me if I was back because my time of serving overseas was complete. It was one of those questions I didn’t know how to answer because I didn’t feel like my time was necessarily complete yet I knew my option to stay had ended. I had expected to be overseas and in Africa for several more years and felt like I had just arrived on the continent.

One of the ladies standing there, who is also my friend, saw the look on my face (not sure if it was consternation or signaled the distress in my spirit) and answered for me. Very deliberately she spoke looking at me and answered what I also needed to hear – “Your time serving in Ethiopia is complete.” In that moment she spoke truth into my life and brought me one step closer to healing and processing. Truly, my time living in Africa is complete because God clearly deemed it so. Though I may feel like it wasn’t for a variety of reasons, I can see His plan and know that He brought me off a continent that has taken me through many ups and downs.

So while my role and work continue in the exact same realm, I will not be living on that continent any more and my time there is complete. No matter what I feel, no matter my opinion, God decided my time there was complete and took me away. It’s not easy to accept, but I am learning. Each day is a new step towards healing and rehydrating my soul that has long been in drought.

About Traveling Mosaic

I'm on a journey in this world, hence the "Traveling" part of the name. My life is also made up of pieces that, when the Master completes it, will be a beautiful Masterpiece, hence "Mosaic."
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3 Responses to Finding completion

  1. Elaine Bell says:

    Dear Lisa,

    So glad that you are safe in the palm of the Hand of One Who loves you dearly and Whose plans for you have not been thwarted in the least. May you find great peace and rest in Him.

    It seemed to us over the years that God alternated our moves between places where He poured into our lives in abundant ways and then years when we felt like we were totally pouring out all the time. May the season ahead be an oasis in every way for you. Trusting Him to make clear His call to you…”Come away My Beloved and rest…”

    Much love and continued prayers, Elaine

  2. GSLT Personnel says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Just want you to know I’m praying for you to be refreshed and that the Lord will make your path clear.

    Blessings, Lori

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  3. Sue Schluender says:

    Will keep praying for you to peacefully accept whatever God has in store for you.  Looking forward to lunch!

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