When you know you have an assignment, and you love your work, it is very, very difficult to cease it. For several years I had used many different ways to get my visa to China. In April 2012 I received only a six month visa instead of the one year I had applied for.
Facing the End
I arrived home, broken hearted. I knew this was a warning not to come back again. Much prayer and travail went into that time. Three months later I finally surrendered and admitted that this was God’s will for me.
Once I had come to this conclusion I was able to talk about it with family and friends. There was a release in my body and I could get things working for the next step. This confirmed again Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Accepting the Decision
I took this on board and the whole situation became positive. There was an amazing flow in how things got done. There was peace in saying “Goodbye” to the many people that I knew. There was of course also the situation of emptying a two bedroom flat. There was only a small proportion of that that would be able to be taken home.
Now came the choice of what to keep. That still left most of my belongings. Another challenge; to trust that God would provide for what I could not bring, once I was at home. I spent a lot of time talking to God and received a lot of peace that things were going to be alright.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) Although the task did not change, I was relieved of the burden of all the decisions and was able to go on. God had taken the burden and allowed me to work in rest. Next read what happened as a follow-up.