It is now ten years since God first started speaking to me about Wycliffe Bible Translators (well, ten years since I started actually listening properly to him talking to me about it at least!).
My first reaction to that is, “What?! How can it be ten years already?” I still look almost exactly the same as I did then: some more freckles and scars, a few more creases around the eyes, a little older, a little (no, more than a little) wiser.
However, internally, in my character, in my faith, in my thinking and planning and praying, sometimes I think I’m barely recognisable from who I was ten years ago. And that is definitely a good thing.
So, what has the last decade held?
- Finishing school for one thing – now that does feel like a lifetime ago.
- Working in a boarding school; visiting Tanzania with Wycliffe for the first time.
- Surviving three years studying Classics, and discovering a love for linguistics.
- At least 8 different jobs in two years.
- Beginning my training with Wycliffe, meeting so many new people in a few short months, and developing some deep friendships.
- Two years in Tanzania, learning a lot about other cultures (not just Tanzanian, but American, Australian, German and Dutch, and what it means to me to be English!), and of course about languages and linguistics, and again, about myself, my character, my passions, who God has created me to be and a little more about who he wants to mould me into.
- A lot more studying of linguistics, challenging myself academically. Also the greater challenge of speaking about Wycliffe with churches and small groups.
Phew, I think that’s quite enough!
But now I wonder, what the next ten years will hold? In the near future, I hope finishing a Masters dissertation and returning for another few years to Tanzania. But after that?
Praise God that he knows and, for now, I don’t and I don’t need to!
“…with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient …” (2 Peter 3:8-9)
“I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come. …
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do.”