Home again! It feels so good to be back. It was great visiting my parents and my sister and my friends but I am happy to be home where winter is continuing into March instead of ending at the end of February =D
The flight both ways was amazing. It isn’t very often anymore that I get to fly; it’s even more rare that I get to be almost two miles up where the earth reminds me of a circuit board and the mountains look like crumpled paper. I love flying for that reason; it puts things in perspective for me and each time I get up in the air I think of how much I’ve missed it and how long it’s been since my last flight. I later found out that my dad bought me window seats on purpose because he knows I love to look down on the smallness of the earth. Little things like that mean a lot to me and it being Valentine’s Day, I found myself thinking about those little acts of love that make me feel warm inside.
When I arrived in SC I was super tired and at times, super bored; in the small town where I grew up there isn’t a lot to do and I hung out at my parents’ house most of the time. It was nice though, to be there because I got to see the changes that had taken place in my absence. My mom had had her kitchen upgraded, my three cats had been spoiled and a wall between the kitchen and living room had come down. Similarly, my old church – which I attended this past Sunday – grew and were beginning to plan mission trips for the summer, which I was glad to hear. One of my friends is now expecting a baby girl in June and another may get married next year! This all was reassuring to me because I felt that when I suddenly moved last year, a had left a lot of loose ends; but when I got back, I was pleasantly surprised that God, in his infinite awesomeness had tied them all up for me and that what I feared finding, was nowhere to be seen =) In fact, I had received closure and by the time I left, I knew – without a doubt – that I was coming home, where I belonged.
But the day before I left, on Sunday at my old church, I felt that I had grown out of SC and I wasn’t moved like I am here. But I still gained one thing: a lesson about prayer. The message that morning was about Joshua’s prayer that the sun would stand still as the Israelites took the Amorites – and it did. The moon and sun stopped that day; actually, the earth literally stopped turning. (Joshua 10:12-13) The rest of the message was about how and why this huge prayer was answered – Joshua had more faith in God than himself; his faith in the provider was greater than what was being provided. The lesson I left SC with was this: I need to have stronger faith in my God than myself or whatever I’m praying for. When I get home, I thought, and pray for things, I need to completely and whole-heatedly trust Him to answer my prayer and I need to continue to trust Him (and NOT myself) in handling whatever happens from there.
Additionally, I spent time with my friends, went shopping (you can expect a haul post soon), had lunch out a lot and essentially got spoiled, but I retained my lessons from 2011 about humility and had that one last kick of meekness to go home with.
Some “highlights” from the trip:
Delta Company. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC
Delta Company graduation ceremony. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC
My sis in her blues. Ft. Jackson, Columbia, SC
I tried to let Max in my room with me but he wouldn’t hold still.
Just one of the stores they added since I left =D
Also, my sister has safely make it to South Korea! She’s getting settled in and I’m excited to see what her new life brings =) Thanks, those of you who prayed <3 and Happy Valentine's Day!