Good morning! Later this evening I will be heading off to The Gambia for the first time. I am excited about this new journey, but like most people, I have a difficult time with change. I am nervous and sad about changing my life. I am worried about leaving my sister and not being able to share in our everyday situations. Currently, everything is going well and I am happy. I do fun and exciting things with my sister, I love the apartment I live in, I love my job and the kids I work with, I am active in the Baha'i community... and now I'm going to change all of that. A little scary! But I know that change happens and is needed. Last week, I taught a lesson at my summer camp about change. The students had some great perspectives in recognizing that with change comes growth and we should be excited about this growth. Also, growth requires change. I think I need to take a lesson from them. So with that reminder, I feel I am supposed to be on this new adventure and am excited of what will come of it. I had been stressed and overwhelmed for a while and I woke up one morning with the thought that I need to take this opportunity, that this is the direction I need to go in next. So here I am... about to be on my first flight to Africa...
The fears and agitation which the revelation of this law provokes in men’s hearts should indeed be likened to the cries of the suckling babe weaned from his mother’s milk, if ye be of them that perceive. (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 175)
You should, therefore, leave all your affairs in His Hands, place your trust in Him, and rely upon Him. He will assuredly not forsake you. In this, likewise, there is no doubt. (Baha’u’llah, Fire and Light, p. 10)