As I was in my own devotions this morning, so much was running through my head about all the preparations I still have to make for this study-abroad experience in Ghana. I could barely focus during my time of prayer. I know that each and every one of you who are traveling with me are also experiencing some of this preparation anxiety, and what I would encourage for all of us is a covenant of change with ourselves, where we actively work to be in communion with the holy spirit, to breathe and to commit to God's peaceful presence in our lives. Here's how I came back into focus today through my reading:
Paul writes to us in Ephesians 2:10:
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
The word workmanship here is from the Greek poema meaning that we are God's poem, God's writing; that we are God's epistles! We are the signature of His Grace and as we do His work in this world, we are becoming completed so that eventually we can fulfill His promises.
As you prepare for this trip, make a covenant with yourself for change -- to become God's poem and carry His meanings of resurrection into the world.