Well, in three days our team will be heading over to Riga, Latvia for 12 days of youth camp and quality time with Pastor Petr’s church. As with almost any trip you take, the next few days are filled with running errands and getting things in order. With this being my fourth year to go back to Riga, I have found a few things to be true each year; 1) I spend the few days before we leave stressing about what needs to be done. 2) I begin to worry about the plane ride over (being both claustrophobic and afraid of heights, long plane rides can be a little frightening). 3) I survive the plane ride and enjoy every second of serving the youth in Riga.

I loved Brian’s analogy yesterday during the service about his daughter Emily. In case you weren’t there, he told the story of how at children’s camp, his daughter was afraid to do the zip line but got up the courage to take the “leap of faith” and enjoyed every second of the ride. Like Brian said, our faith in Christ is often like that. Many times we are afraid to take that next step in faith…not sure what the ride has in store for us. For me, even though I know I always enjoy our time in Riga, I still tend to worry about the details of the trip and if I am really the right person to go. But as soon as I take that first step (which is always the hardest), I am overwhelmed by God’s plan for me and for those we encounter. I love Isaiah 41:13, “For I hold you by your right hand- I, the Lord your God. And I say to you ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’” So what do we have to fear? If you are in a place where maybe you are feeling fearful of taking that next step, toward whatever it may be, think on this verse and know that the Lord your God is holding your hand helping you every step of the way.

Walking in faith,