Eight years ago.
Eight years ago today my whole life changed.
Half of you probably understand and know why. Half of you probably don't understand at all.
When I was almost eleven years old, God placed a mission in my heart. A hope. A dream.
When God placed this gift into my hands I didn't know what to do with it. I didn't know what it meant. I didn't know how it would completely change my life.
Today, eight years ago, God whispered "Uganda" into my heart.
The gift He placed in my hands was the gift of an adventure. A journey.
I was called to Uganda that day. To love them. To minister to them. To simply be the hands and feet of Jesus in a country so far away.
It was a gift that took me quite awhile before I finally accepted it. But when I did, I found that it was worth it.
I was setting off on a journey. I had no idea what would happen or how it would end. I had no idea the way I would fall in love with a country, but also the One who made that country.
March 9, 2008 God began writing a love story completely different from how I would've imagined it.
I fell in love with Uganda with each year that passed. And I fell even more in love with my Jesus each year that passed.
It's been eight years and I still have yet to step foot onto Ugandan soil. I still have yet to walk into the place where my heart whispers that I was made for.
But I don't think my gift was so much about the destination as it was about the journey God asked me to walk with Him.
I have learned more by walking this journey of waiting than I would've ever learned if God had walked with me into Uganda eight years ago.
I don't know how many years I have left to wait. Lord willing, only one more year. :) But if He changes that, I will still choose Him first.
Because I love Him with all of my heart and love Him even more than the precious, beautiful gift He has given me.
Today I celebrate the gift God whispered into my heart eight years ago. And I celebrate the love story He has written and will continue to write.
A love story about a country so far away and a love story about a God who chooses to use us because He loves us more than we could ever comprehend.
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.