Have you ever had a season where everything in your life changed all at once?
I have. And, I’m in that season right now.
I’m someone that really likes change, and I almost find more comfort in discomfort.
Growing up, my family moved around a lot, so I was used to constantly saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones. That continued into my adulthood, when at the age of 18 I decided to head to New Zealand to volunteer for three months, which actually ended up turning into a 9 month adventure doing missions work in New Zealand, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, and Israel.
The less planned my life is, the more I love it!
For the next few years, I was focused on missions and studying the Bible overseas, so I was always gone from home, with brief visits here and there. I loved living overseas because I always felt closest to God when I was out of my comfort zone; I was living by faith and had no choice but to put my trust in Him every day.
I loved what I was doing, and I loved that no matter how long I was gone for, there was always my family and my home waiting for me in Canada.
Now, this year has been a big adjustment for everyone, but I was experiencing a whole new kind of discomfort: Being stuck in my comfort zone. With borders closed, I had no wild adventures to go on. How was I able to put my trust fully in God when all I was doing was staying at home with nothing to do?
I felt the Lord gently tell me that restoration has the word rest in it. This season was meant for me to rest, spend time with my family, and find God in the mundane. And starting in March, I was with my family every single day.
Looking back, it was probably one of the most special times in my life. My brother and I became
I got close with my dad, when we’ve been kind of distant with each other the past few years.
And though I was always very close with my mom, I got to learn so many new things from her during this time.
During this time at home, I was still dreaming about what was next.
I prayed for months, and finally felt God call me to move to Niagara Falls for ministry. I’m someone who has always wanted to do missions outside of Canada, but I thought this was nice because I could still be close
About a week after I made the decision to move to Niagara to serve God, my parents told me they were putting the house up for sale and moving to Hungary with my brother.
I knew they wanted to do it for a while, but the plan was for us to move in four years when my brother was done high school. But since COVID was affecting everything, they decided to do it as
soon as possible instead.
In that moment, I felt the Lord ask me a simple question: What are you willing to give up for me?
I knew God called me to Niagara, so I decided to go, even with my family moving overseas. And let me say, there were so many blessings in that obedience. My parents sold the house far over asking price, my photography was taking off more than ever (allowing me to fund my missions), and everything was a smooth transition. My family moved to Hungary at the end of August, so I’ve been living in Niagara Falls for over a month now. And although it’s hard being away from them, it’s allowed me to move forward and grow even more in my relationship with God and really feel Jesus’ presence in my life like never before.
And looking back, that season of comfort was such a gift from God. It gave me the opportunity to spend everyday with my family for one last time. To make memories that I would cherish forever. And now, looking to the future, it restored me enough to prepare for this new adventure in store: discipling others to know about Jesus and going into the nations to share about Him with the world. And I still get to pursue my biggest passion, photography, on the side.
Yes, my past was beautiful, but I know God is going to do even more in this upcoming season where I have no idea what is going to happen.
But what I do know, is that God is so, so good.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.