Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11v28-30 (ESV)
A few months ago I heard about a place in Malaysia called the Cameron Highlands and something about the place piqued my interest. Then I found out about an OMF missionary rest home there. And that’s when I felt it. Something inside of me was telling me that I needed to find this place and that I needed to go there. I recognized the feeling – I’ve had it before. This wasn’t just something I wanted to do. This was something I needed to do. This was somewhere I needed to be.
At first I kept all this to myself. Besides when would I have the means to get there anyway?
In the first few weeks of January, after wrapping up months of juggling youth ministry and EPIC Conference, I finally had two weeks holiday.
I told my parents about the Cameron Highlands and they offered to help make it possible. But that didn’t sit right with me. If it was meant to happen, God would make a way.
So, in Week 1 of holidays, I decided that I may not have the means to get to the Cameron Highlands but I do have the means to buy a hoodie in preparation for the cold weather. So I did.
Then in the next few days cool things began to happen.
Sunday. A family I’m close with gave me an envelope with the words ‘To take you higher’ written across the front. The money inside turned out to be the exact amount the airfares would cost. That night, with help I am finally able to track down the OMF Rest Home’s email address.
Monday AM. I book my airplane tickets still unsure if OMF can accommodate me. I will be flying out in just 48 hours.
Monday PM. OMF Rest Home reply to my email. They have a vacancy. Score!
Wednesday. I fly to Kuala Lumpur and then hop on a bus to the Cameron Highlands. 7pm I arrive at the OMF Rest Home with dinner waiting for me at in the dining room. And I know straight away that it is exactly where I am meant to be at this very moment in time.
It’s hard to convey the full extent and emotion of it all. But to think that God cares about my heart so much that He knew that this was where I felt I needed to be to find rest and to seek His voice, well, that just kinda blows my mind.
To see photos of my time in the Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur, check out Today I Looked at the World in Wonder: Malaysia.