Somehow March got away from me, and here we are, staring down April and suddenly I realize that two months from today I’m scheduled to walk down the gangway the final time.
In those two months I’ll finish up some big projects. I’ll teach a few more times. I’ll travel across a few more countries for a quick visit to a surgical institute in Accra. I’ll write some project reports. I’ll finish up the paper I’ve been working on. I’ll start my thesis. I’ll finish recruiting course facilitators for Cameroon and hand it over to my replacement. I’ll write a manual on how to do my job (?) and hand that off, too. I’ll play Frisbee a few more times and I’ll sit through a few more community meetings and I’ll pay my last monthly crew fees and I’ll stand in line for the last time in the dining room. I’ll say until next time to old friends and new.
And I’ll say goodbye to the place where I found out who I am, what I’m made of, and what I’ve been created to do.
I found a shirt at Old Navy of all places, that says it perfectly.
I love it.
I was found at sea.
I will leave this place standing taller than when I arrived; more confident in who I am, in my gifts and my strengths, and most especially in my calling. I feel slightly guilty that I’m not desperately sad; I’m excited about what is next and while I know this season is drawing to a close I do think I will be back at sea one day. I know that I have been put on this earth to serve and to love and to learn and to be an agent of transformation for this continent and all within her. I’m excited to see how that unfolds, as it has already begun; blessings and favor, with a dream job and a place to live sorted long before I even started asking for them. It’s a roller coaster of emotion; one minute, I’m frustrated and upset at something I wish I could change but I can’t… and a few minutes later, tears of awe and gratitude, because I’m just so darn happy.
It’s crazy, this life I lead. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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