Just this past weekend I was able to travel in Scotland with a couple friends. We were on a bus tour through the highlands and had come to our final stop, Doune Castle. This particular castle is famous for appearing in a number of movies, the most famous being the British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. During high school this flick was a favorite among my friends and I; we quoted it time and again, made jokes off of it, hurled ridiculous insults from it at each other. And here I was, five years later, at one of the sites King Arthur and his knights assaulted.
As we walked around it I was hit with a realization, knocking me out of my musings on coconuts and African and European swallows (watch the movie): not in a million years had I imagined I would see this castle in person. I hadn’t ever planned on visiting it, and it wasn’t by careful and intentional planning that I had got here. Yet I couldn’t escape the feeling that I had arrived by design. It wasn’t a solemn occasion by any means; I actually couldn’t help but chuckle. If anyone ever tells you Papa God doesn’t have a sense of humor, they’re very wrong!
Some of the best things in life happen by accident. Unplanned events often make the best memories. I think if we look back on our lives we can see this to be true. These unexpected happenings are the result of Father God opening unanticipated doors in our lives, giving us opportunities, inviting us to venture out and step from where we are to where He is calling us to.
This has become so evident in my life that I can’t deny it. I never thought I’d move to England for nine months, yet here I am. I never thought I’d explore Paris with good friends from Montana, but I did in October. I never dreamed I’d go to south Africa next spring, but I have a chance to!
The mission to Lesotho, Africa in March will consist of our team building relationships with locals, serving on medical aid teams attending to HIV victims, and uniting with many other believers at the Master Builders conference at the end. I invite you to join us. In the Bible, the apostle Peter answers a crippled beggars request for money with the response: “I don’t have any money to give you, but what I do have I give you.” (Acts3) What is it you can give? This is the first opportunity we have to join together on a trip. Let’s start things off with a bang! Here’s to unexpected adventures!
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