It’s been 12 days since we crossed the Pacific and arrived on U.S. soil. We are recovered from jet lag and finding ourselves getting into a kind of rhythm…bouncing around from place to place hugging the necks of the ones we love and trying to catch up on all that has happened in the last three years. We haven’t slept in any one place for long, and it’s looking like this is going to be the “new normal” for the next three months. Despite my efforts towards creating routine and predictability, there are far too many fun things to do and people to see in such a short period of time for me to get stressed out about structure (or the lack thereof). I am thankful that my last ten years in Asia have taught me to be much more flexible than I am naturally inclined to be. This doesn’t mean that my feathers never get ruffled, it’s just to say that there is progress being made. I am grateful.
A few of my favorite things as we start off our time here in the Carolinas:
green grass and swings for the kids to play on in the yard
the smiling faces of strangers who hold the door open for you in public places
public water fountains
the public library!!
spending time with people who love us and want to know about our lives in East Asia
As we plow headlong into a packed and busy schedule, I have been reminded of some advice I recently gave a friend who is living across the ocean. She and her husband just found out that they are expecting their first baby, while at the same time learning that they need to move to a new location and find a new job. “Everything is shifting all at the same time!” she told me. I assured her that, yes, it does appear that way. However, our Captain and anchor remains the same, and it is during times of constant change and shifting that we come to rely even more on the One who never shifts or changes (James 1:17).
Our lives, too, have shifted a great deal in the last two weeks. We are strangers in this place; largely unfamiliar with the world in which we find ourselves. I needed a lesson on how to use the washing machine that is in the house where we are staying!! These daily, small occurrences remind me that this world is not my home. True rest and contentment come from relying on Him, the Faithful and True.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19