It is finished! We started planning for, fundraising for, talking about, dreaming about, and praying for this senior trip since you were in 6th grade. Now it is over.
In a few months you will be graduating high school and Lititz Christian School will be in your past. I want you to remember this trip, remember that even when we make plans and think we are following God there will be obstacles, delays, and cancelled plans, rerouted to new places we hadn’t planned on. This WILL happen as you leave the halls of Lititz Christian. There will be times were you are following God and He will alter, change, or cancel your plans so that His plans can prevail. Just like we did in the Philadelphia Airport, make the best of it. We had not planned to be there for nearly 30 hours, but they were some of the best times. We played games, talked, laughed, told stories and enjoyed each other’s company. Did we plan that? No, but God had a reason for delaying us and you each made the best of it.
In your life when things don’t go as wanted them to, enjoy the moment, make the best of it as you did on this trip.
In life there will be times when others irritate you, offer them grace, understanding and kindness as you did on this trip.
In life you will have moments of exhaustion and you don’t feel like continuing, but remember how tired you were at times and how you pulled through.
Life will have trouble, rain, snow, and many obstacles. I pray that the Lord will send more “Cool Girl Kellys” into your life to help you through the times where you don’t know which way to go – whether you should go forward or back, I pray that God puts those around you to help.
Life will have times of disappointments and times when you feel you missed out on something you wanted, just like the first 2-3 days of our trip. I pray you react as you did, make the most of it, enjoy where you are, and be present even when that is not where you thought you would be.
If I had my wish the trip would have run like clockwork with all the ducks staying in the rows we planned for, but that is not realistic and not real life. As we shared in our testimonies, trials come. We veer off the path we wanted to be on; instead of it being the end of the world, we each have a decision to make. I pray you make the decision to trust God when you don’t understand why. Trust Him when you don’t like the situation you end up in.
In order to have flowers you must have some rain. In order to develop closer relationships with God and trust Him more, He needs to carry you through some valleys. John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” These are not if’s, these are when’s. You will have trouble, you will have disappointments, you will have cancelled and changed plans; but take heart, Christ loves you and has overcome the world. If you are going down a path he doesn’t want you on, whether it be a good path or bad path in your eyes, He will put obstacles in place to stop you. Trust Him, turn to Him, seek Him to direct, lead and guide you to go where He wants you to go.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I look forward to hearing from you and staying in touch. I am excited about the future God has planned for you.
This trip has reinforced my thoughts of how talented, kind, loving, compassionate you can be. It brought tears to my eyes when 2 of you bought game controllers for the community center because the ones they had were broken. Another one of you bought food for a homeless person, I had tears each time I read one of you blog posts. I am so proud of each of you! EACH ONE OF YOU! During this trip I watched each of you and prayed over each of you to be God’s hands and feet to others and you were. That is my prayer for you for the future. Keep your eyes open to others around you. Serve as Jesus would, love as He would. Draw close to Him in times of heartache and sorrow, don’t grow bitter when things don’t go as planned grow into better Christians as you did on this trip.
I am proud to have been a small part of your lives these past 7 years. I am sure I can speak for Ross and Mrs. Urquhart as well and say how blessed we are to have been a part of this trip with each of you.
All my love,
Mrs. Beth Hoover