A Joyful Expectancy

Disclaimer: This post was written in Johannesburg after our simple travel plans that should have taken us from Nashville to Atlanta to Amsterdam to Addis Ababa got rerouted after delay after delay and we found ourselves making impromptu stops in Accra, Ghana, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Down side…missing a day in Ethiopia with Kristen, Alysa, Emily, and Paige and the sheer exhaustion and just plain dirtiness from 36+hours of travel. Up side…a lot of great bonding time with the Nashville crew {Daniel, Crystal, Alece, Alli, and David} and experiencing more of Africa than we could have ever imagined. So all that to say what follows might be a little cheesy, riddled with typos and doesn’t make much sense.

If there is one thing that God is teaching me this year, it is that too often I delude myself into thinking I am in control, that I know what is coming next, and that life needs to meet {or exceed} my expectations. These lies destroy my ability to trust in His plan and to live with a joyful expectancy.

One of the things I am most excited about as I travel to Addis Ababa and The Rift Valley of Ethiopia with the FH Bloggers is that my limited knowledge about the country I am visiting, the field work of Food for the Hungry, and my travel companions, has prohibited me from framing expectations. And without expectation, I  finally find myself sitting calmly, hopefully and faithfully in the hand the of God.

Tomorrow morning {Lord-willing}, I will wake up in Ethiopia and be amazed by a God who created the Heavens and the Earth, a God who moves mountains, and a God who hasn’t forgotten the children of Africa and certainly hasn’t forgotten me.

Stay tuned, friends. Adventure awaits.  

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • Seth M Haines

    You’re gonna fall in love with that country, Lindsey. Can’t wait to hear from you all.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Wish you and Amber were here with us. I was thinking today how much you would love Craig Jaggers who is our National Program Director in Ethiopia. 

  • i’m so glad you guys made it safely! love you girl =)

    • lindseyrnobles

      Me too…finally! Love you.

  • Hoping you are here now! Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow 🙂

  • Proud of you, friend. And praying for you and your team.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Thanks Shaun! So appreciate the prayers and encouragement.