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2/4/22

What I didn't expect - Abigail​ Henry

Anytime someone asks me if the Fellowship is what I expected, my immediate response is, “Not at all,” and I’m so glad it is not. 

I didn’t expect my job to consist of so many trash runs, hours in the dining hall, or time spent parking trailers. But I also didn’t expect to be so refined and sanctified by the work that we do in unseen service to others.

I didn’t expect to work such long and hard days that demand so much, both physically and emotionally. But I also didn’t expect to do it alongside people who rejoice in service and remind me that the work of my hands is not what I have to pride myself in. 

I didn’t expect to be so challenged in my knowledge of the Word and convicted of my lack thereof. But I also didn’t expect to be given a sister in Christ who I could wake up and read next to every morning, one who spurs me on in my pursuit of Christ. 

I didn’t expect to have sin that I had hidden for so long be exposed and corrected with such graciousness. But I also didn’t expect to come into a program with 11 strangers that quickly became some of my closest brothers and sisters in Christ. These are friendships that I hope to share for the rest of my life.

I didn’t expect to walk into a year that would be so hard, but I don’t want it to end. 

This year certainly hasn’t been what I expected, but for that, I am so grateful. Years from now, I will look back on my time in the Fellowship with fond memories and incredible stories to tell.

More than ever, I am challenged by and desire this:  
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17