Waypoints Defined

The meaningful points along life's way.

Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35

Friday, April 15, 2016

Home Again

Coming home feels surreal. It's a different culture once again. One I'm familiar with. But feels strange at first.

If home is where your heart is, that's why I felt at home in the countries we visited. My heart became connected with people in ways I hadn't imagined. It's a thing of beauty. Relationships are the only eternal thing we have on this earth. I treasure them.

Don't misunderstand. My heart is happy to be with my family and friends in New York. They are SO special to me. Yesterday I was a social butterfly with two coffee dates in ONE day and I loved every minute of catching up with big and little details that I've missed the past 3 months. And when my children have time to talk between college tests and  homework, jobs and dates - believe me - I love to listen.

Re-entry is real. I don't think of it as culture shock because it doesn't take me by surprise. Mostly because I know what to expect. Reality re-entry check which can be positive or not so positive:

  • Jet lag defined as brain fog, waking at odd hours, and waking at odd hours not knowing which country and whose bed I am in. 
  • Getting to do my own laundry, cook meals and clean my house. And who thought I was sacrificing these past three months when I had a vacation from those duties?! 
  • No bug bites, specifically cockroach bites. Thank you, Jesus!
  • Showers. Hot showers. Not that I didn't shower for 3 months. I'm just thanking God for showers. 
  • Assorted clothes to choose from that aren't packed in a suitcase. 
  • Everyone speaks English. Can I at least get a different accent? Maybe, just maybe, I called a customer service line hoping it was outsourced so I could hear a Filipino at the other end.
  • I find myself cooking non-American dishes because why would I be boring like that? 
  • People asking questions and genuinely being interested in what's happened in my past 3 months. Best gift ever! There is something in the act of sharing the stories that seals the experiences in our hearts and deepen the significance of what God has done. 
My heart is full to overflowing for the blessing of LIFE. Let's live fully alive. Dream crazy big dreams and then step out in faith as God brings them to pass. Love. And keep loving through thick and thin. It's what Jesus did for me. I like when others keep loving me in spite of myself. Let's love them. 

Psalm 150:2 Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness.