Yesterday I became a United States citizen. I had plenty of time to sit and reflect on the journey that had brought me to this point of completion. Processing final paperwork for about 250 applicants takes some time!
As we sat and waited some of us shared our stories of immigration, our roots, our history and our hopes for the future. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Fifteen years ago I would never have anticipated leaving my country and moving across the world. When I consider the journey I stand amazed at how God has lovingly and consistently led me, provided for me and planted me in a land that I “did not know”. I was overwhelmed at His faithfulness to bring me through to this time and place.
What heaped further blessings on me is that my friends and Crossover family just showed up to share this momentous occasion with me. When I arrived in this country I knew a handful of people. Now I live in a vibrant community of fellow travelers finding faith as a way of life. We share life in all its ups and downs. We participate and commune with Him as we learn to walk together.
“Community does not require an organization or institution, community is a way of living and relating: you gather around people with whom you want to proclaim the truth that we are the beloved sons and daughters of God.”
A phase of my journey has been completed – made whole, fulfilled and carried out.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6
Completion indicates both an end and a beginning. A new season has begun!
There is a whole new chapter awaiting me here. In many respects this 12-year journey toward citizenship is a parable for us.
God begins a work in us with the intention of bringing it to successful completion.
Sometimes we take detours, but God’s purpose remains steadfast.
I want to encourage you to a renewed realization that God is all the while at work in you to bring about the successful completion of His good work in you.
Your life is in His hands. His intention toward you is always for good. Pursue the paths of life in Him that will bring about profound fulfillment and deep satisfaction!
“You will show me the path of life, in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
Thank you for sharing my journey, for being part of a journey that is the adventure of a lifetime!