Nineteen-year-old Anna Sackett recently left the comforts of home in the U.S. to study midwifery as a missionary in the Philippines. Just before her life shifted dramatically with this move, Anna shared a few moments of reflection on how the Lord brought her to this decision so quickly and what it looks like to trust in His faithfulness even without the full picture of what’s to come.
IF YOU HAVE EVER STRUGGLED TO FIND JOY IN THE WAITING, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
This conversation with Anna, just a few weeks prior to her departure, offers us a gentle reminder that our hope and joy is not in having discovered our dream or even what’s next on our journey, but it is solely and totally in Jesus. The alternative is true as well: if you haven’t figured out your dream, you need only to look to Him for all you need.
You’ll hear from Anna why we can rejoice in our longing for something more in this life, the importance of steadfastness (what it is and why it matters) as well as the reminder that God makes us steadfast as we look to Him.
MORE ABOUT ANNA:
Anna is a recent homeschool graduate and the middle sibling to four protective and crazy-fun brothers. She secretly loves to have kitchen dance parties with her family, and to be creative with watercolor painting. She loves scripture and theology and, as an introvert at heart, finds joy in learning what it means to share her faith with boldness as a young adult.
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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (NIV)
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
~ Hebrews 10:39 (ESV)
If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
~ Philippians 1:22-24 (NIV)
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
~ Lamentations 3:25-26 (ESV)
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