Thoughts of a World Racer 1 day away from departure

I cannot believe I leave for the World Race tomorrow.

My flight to Chicago is now available for check-in.

Yep, I just got that email.
Whoa.

Butterflies. In. Stomach.

None of this feels real.
Last coffee date with one of my best friends today.
Saying “see you later” for 11 months is so weird.
I bet this won’t feel real for a while yet!
Washing all of my clothes and prepping to cram them all into my 60 Liter backpack.
Praying everything fits.
Praying I have everything I need.
Giving it all to God, because it’s all I can do.
Trying not to freak out and just REST in His presence.
I’m stepping out. I’m really doing this. I’m really going.

I’m really going!!!!!

I don’t have to feel perfectly ready.
God told me to do this.
Wait, Why am I doing this again?
Oh yeah, that’s right.

I’m remembering the excitement I felt when I first discovered the World Race.

I was through the roof excited, I couldn’t contain it!
This was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I’ve been waiting for.
This is the time to do it.
He’s in this. He’s walking right beside me.
I applied for the World Race on December 2, 2011, had my interview on December 8, and found out on December 15 that I was accepted. That was lightning fast!
That was 9 months ago.
It’s been a long time in coming.
The general excitement has worn off, and sometimes because it’s been so long, the questions arise of whether this is really what I’m supposed to do or not.

But I always go back to the moment when I clearly heard God tell me,
“Take my hand and follow me on the World Race.”

And I just knew this was what I was supposed to do.
So I go.
Following His lead.

I can’t believe the number of friends and family members who have told me they’re praying for me everyday, all day long, constantly! I am SO SO SO SO SO blessed.

I’m leaving my friends and family in Minnesota with a heavy yet glad heart, knowing that God is going to do such amazing things in each of your lives (YES HE IS!!!) and that when I come back, it’s going to be glorious to compare notes of all that God did both here and around the world! šŸ™‚

I am taking a piece of all of you with me!
I’m so thankful to each of you for following me and supporting me so faithfully.

Oh and P.S. I’m about $1,100 away from being fully funded, give or take a few dollars šŸ™‚ That’s pretty cool, people!

I LOVE YOU ALL!
[me and my “adorable” siblings ;-D]

From jesseischens.theworldrace.org

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