“All good things come to an end.”

We’ve all heard that saying at some point, right? Our immediate reaction is: “No! Why must this good thing end!?!” We know when we have a good thing, and we don’t want it to end. Why would you voluntarily give up something that makes you happy or fulfils you?

When I first signed on to be part of OM, my two-year commitment seemed like an eternity. Forget the idea of a third year, would I last two? Would I fit in? Would the time drag on or speed by? Trust me, the time has gone by far too fast.

I never imagined being part of the school programmes in Ireland—I joined to be a journalist after all. But I volunteered for a couple of programmes, and that was the start of a great journey. Those first few times were rather terrifying, especially as I felt unqualified to handle unruly students. But as time went on and I participated in more programmes, I found my confidence and a joy in interacting with the students. This ‘add-on’ role became one of my favourite parts of my time in Ireland.

On the day of our last school programme, the fact that it was my LAST programme didn’t really hit me until the drive home when we stopped to take pictures of the canola fields “one more time.” The road goes right down the middle of the neon yellow flowers, and I thought: ‘Huh…This is the end of the road.’

There are plenty ‘road ends’ in life, good and bad. School, jobs, projects, relationships… just to name a few. In missions, the end of the road might be different: a visa runs out or gets denied, financial support runs out, health reasons, a sense that God is moving you somewhere else… Everyone faces them.

Some people immediately find a new road to travel; choosing to keep moving so they won’t have time to miss the road they left. Some people get stuck at the end, trying desperately to figure out where to go next. Some people turn around and spend too long reminiscing on the road just travelled.

Then there are those, like myself currently, who take a minute to look over their shoulder.

The road behind is full of memories, good and bad alike. The road has lessons, highlights, struggles and turning points. Despite all of these things, the road has come to an end just when, and where, it should. There’s nothing wrong with looking back and remembering, just as long as you don’t stay that way. After you look back, it’s time to face forward again and take the next step.

You can’t drive a car looking in the rear-view mirror, right?

Road ends are there for a reason. Otherwise, we would forever be on the same track and never experience so many of the wonderful adventures and lessons in life. Without road ends, you’d probably never take the time to glance back and see where you came from.

I arrived in Ireland a timid, self-conscious, newly graduated journalist who felt she needed guidance and affirmation every step of the way. Now, I’m producing 90 per cent of a magazine by myself. I never thought I’d be a missionary. Now, I’m wondering about other fields and opportunities to serve.

Not having a new road yet scares me, but I know that God will show me in His perfect timing.

Are you coming to the end of a road? Will you take the time to reflect before jumping to the next one?

Hannah (USA) has been serving as OM Ireland's journalist for two years. A trained writer, she loves sharing stories of people and their God-inspired life moments. She believes that everyone has a story worth telling, and it's a true joy to be the one to tell them.

Share this Resource

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on print

Leave a Reply

You might also like:

Bus Driver/Evangelism – Big Red Bus Team Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleThe Big Red Bus is an amazing ministry tool that is very well known among the Irish community, and YOU could become it's driver! You will be responsible to take the bus and it's team members to different places, and will be involved in it's practical ministries: kids clubs, street evangelism, youth meetings and coffee/tea bars. You'll also be responsible for the general maintenance of the bus and the safety of it's passengers.
Full Details
Internships in Ireland Ireland    Go & Live    AnytimeAre you looking for an opportunity to explore your gifting and passions? Or are you a student who wants to practice their vocation in a cross-cultural setting? OM is mobilising young Jesus followers to join our international team and serve and experience ministry in Ireland. We are open to have interns come from 2 weeks to 6 months, or even up to a year! Dates are flexible, although there might be more opportunities to help in other ministries during the spring/summer.
Full Details
Children, Youth and Evangelism team leader Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you have a heart for (young) people and a desire for them to hear of His fame and renown? Come and be involved in leading many different activities including kids clubs, Big Red Bus ministry, creative evangelism and much more!
Full Details
Children, Youth and Evangelism team members Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleSince our beginnings, we have been driven by a deep conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. Sadly, there are still thousands of peoples and communities that have never heard about Jesus, ever. Do you have a heart for (young) people and a desire for them to hear of His fame and renown? Come and be involved in many different activities including kids clubs, Big Red Bus ministry, creative evangelism and much more!
Full Details
HR Director (Manager) Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleCome lead the HR Department as they mobilise, process, send and receive people and provide care to enable a stable and growing missions force to accomplish OM's mission.
Full Details
Partnership Director Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAre you great at building relationships and linking the right people to each other? Do you have vision to see Christians work together to build God's kingdom? Come and help us build partnerships with churches, organisations and trusts, so together we can work on seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers here in Ireland!
Full Details
Vehicle Fleet Coordinator/Mechanic Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleWill you be the Vehicle Fleet Coordinator/Mechanic to look after our fleet of 20 plus vehicles? You will be responsible for the regular maintenance of the fleet as well as any associated paper work (such as insurances, and scheduling repairs). If you have mechanic experience, have practical and organizational skills, and pleasant and effective people skills, we would love for you to be part of our team.
All OM staff secure their own funding by private donations.

Full Details
Communications and Marketing Worker Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleShare the story of what God is doing in Ireland and the world and effectively implement our strategies to do this well within our context. Use your own creative skills, and build relationships with others, as you help to create a clear and inspiring online and offline presence. Use your gifts and talents to inspire and encourage people to become involved in God's work!
Full Details
Finance Manager Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleUse your financial management skills toward the purpose of seeing vibrant communities of Jesus followers established among the least reached. This important role is vital to ministry on the field. You would provide accountability for the cash transactions conducted on the field and perform duties to assist with accounting functions pertaining to bank accounts, budgets, journal entries, financial reporting and administrative changes, guided by precedent and guidelines of established policies.
Full Details
REACH Ireland Leader Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleDo you have a passion and experience in missions, mobilising, training and mentoring young adults? We would love people to join the leadership team for REACH Ireland, could this be the right place for you?
Full Details
Maintenance & Development Worker Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleAre you task oriented with a servant's heart and passion about practical work for the Lord? Come and help us in the upkeep and development of the OM Ireland five acre property including all buildings and grounds.
Full Details
Church Worker/Planter (Partners for Church Growth) Ireland    Go & Live    As soon as possibleEveryone should have an opportunity to hear the gospel at least once. There is a generation growing up in Ireland which has not heard the gospel. They do not know who Jesus is or what He has done. One of the greatest needs in Ireland is more Bible-believing churches. We need evangelists, disciplers, church planters, youth and children’s workers to partner with small churches and church plant endeavours. You will need a God given passion for the lost and desire to work in partnership with others.
Full Details