Nearly a month ago, I embarked on one of the most incredible adventures of my life. After a sixteen hour flight and countless movies, we arrived in the “Rainbow Nation.” Outside the airport, I was embraced by the African air and any form of jet lag, exhaustion, or hunger disappeared. Beyond experiencing the rich cultural traditions and fantastical adventures, I was most excited to raise awareness about human trafficking through 8 Days film. Along with my fellow cast and crew members, I had the opportunity to visit three magnificent cities: Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
Over the course of two weeks, we hosted three different premieres, ventured on safaris, played with lion cubs and cheetahs, visited majestic Table Mountain, attended an authentic braai (South African barbecue), and bonded with local street artists. However, the most memorable event took place in a small church on the outskirts of Cape Town. Empty and conflicted, I entered the building without any high expectations.
The moment worship began, I was overcome by feelings of immense gratitude and elation. As the singers belted words of praise and thanksgiving, I experienced God’s love in a whole new way. Tears flowed uncontrollably, and I felt myself let go for the first time in months. Instead of trusting in God, I had allowed fear to steal the hope and joy from my life.
During the sermon, the pastor emphasized that our God is the King of Kings (and Queens.) Through his eyes, we are better than royalty. Each and every one of us was created for a specific purpose. God loves his children with a deep, unconditional love. More than anything else, he yearns to bring us closer to Him.
When the service ended, I felt refreshed by the words of encouragement. I decided that a new chapter of my life had officially begun. Although I had recently faced disappointment and heartache, I recognized that God is always faithful. On the last day of my South African journey, I gained something more valuable than gold. I rediscovered the chance to fulfill my purpose and achieve true happiness. I may never fully understand why specific doors close, but I choose to “live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
As I reflect on my journey throughout South Africa, Zechariah 10: 1-4 comes to mind. “Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.” YOU have the power to ask God for guidance and blessing. Scripture does not state that God simply sustains the fields. Instead, He enables them to flourish through an abundance of blessing. Trust Him with the deepest desires of your heart and watch as they come to pass.
Whether you realize it or not, God desires to touch your soul. Open your heart to Him, and you will witness “showers of rain” in the pastures of your own life.