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Expect The Unexpected: Stories from Ukraine Series

This is the second post of the “Stories from Ukraine” Series. I’m sharing more about my June mission trip to Poltava, Ukraine. To read the first post, CLICK HERE. Welcome to the journey!  

 

 

We finally landed in Kiev, Ukraine. Ahead of us was a traditional Ukrainian meal at McDonald’s and a 4-hour road trip to Poltava. (Just so you know, McDonald’s tastes the same no matter where in the world you are!)  

 

 

About halfway down the road to Poltava, our van turned off the road to a rest stop. I was excited as my McDonalds sweet tea had me begging for relief. 

 

 

We eagerly filed out of the vehicle and we began searching.  

Up a few wooden steps sat a window.  

Inside the window sat a sweet elderly woman.  

Around the corner were the restrooms!  

 

 

Before I had the chance to run off into victory, our leader pulled me aside and gave me some money. “You will need this,” he said. Taking the money, I made my way up to the lady in the window. She took the money from my open hand and pointed me to my destination. 

 

 

Yes, friends, I paid cold hard cash to use a restroom at a common rest area! 

 

 

But wait, it gets better… 

 

 

As I ventured around the corner, my hand cupped over my mouth when all of the stalls had one of these… 

 

 

 

 

Thinking I accidentally went into the wrong restroom, I checked the sign. There stood the famous silhouette of a dress. Oh yes, this was indeed the women’s restroom, unfortunately. Oh, sweet Dorothy, we are so not in Kansas anymore!  

 

 

My other teammates decided they were going to hold it. Me on the other hand – let’s just say I didn’t have that luxury.  

 

 

Conclusion – I learned that I was much more flexible than I thought!  

 

 

As I met the rest of the team, we laughed and grabbed ice-cream to enjoy before beginning the final half of our voyage to Poltava where we would be staying for the remainder of the trip.  

 

 

Life does this too. We think we know right where we are headed and then suddenly, we are thrown a curveball.

We feel confused, unsure and uncoordinated.

But God has already equipped us perfectly for all of life’s unknowns.  

 

Bethany, now you see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then you will see everything with perfect clarity. All that you know now is partial and incomplete, but then you will know everything completely, just as I now know you completely. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭12‬ NLT) 

 

 

Bethany, I always lead you in triumph in Christ, and through you diffuse the fragrance of My knowledge in every place. For you are to Me the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (‭I Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭14-15‬ NKJV) 

 

Perhaps today you are wondering where on earth God has you planted. When you look around, it’s not at all where you thought you would be. Can I offer just a bit of encouragement being that I have been where you are today?

  1. Remember what you are seeing right now is just a small fragment o the story God is writing. Your viewpoints are not the entire picture. Unlike a photo that remains trapped in time, this moment will not last forever.  
  2. God is moving. You may not see it as the confusion and pain blocks the good God is indeed providing. He is indeed moving.
  3. God has already given you the victory! Through Christ, we have the certainty that He will and can conquer the troubles of this world. He’s got this and He doesn’t need your help.

 

Expect the unexpected with open arms knowing that God knows exactly what He is doing.  

(Just be ready to practice your flexibility!).  

 

Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!  

About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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2 comments
Nancy Silvers says September 3, 2018

Thank you for sharing your mission trip experiences and Godly wisdom!!

    Bethany says September 3, 2018

    Thank you for joining me here sweet friend!

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