Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Transition...it's only the beginning!

Wow! It has been a whirlwind the past couple of weeks! It has been filled with getting re-acclimated to Taiwan, its climate, sights, smells, food, and fast pace of life (at least compared to Fairfield, Ohio!). It's also been only the beginning of a HUGE time of transition and adjusting. Thankfully, I am somewhat familiar enough with the culture that I haven't had any issues there so far. The things I am having to learn to adjust to are things I had been thinking about since I got the job here, but of course there are always things you forget will be difficult during the transition period. Things like living alone. I did think through this big change a little bit and knew it would have its advantages and challenges to it, but tonight and last night I have begun to feel the challenges to it...the loneliness.

Now, I am not despairingly lonely at this point (and I hope I won't get to that point!). I'm just saying it's a weird feeling that I haven't experienced in a while. To add to this, it's oddly quiet- since I have no television yet and no radio. It's also weird to think I don't have many close friends here that I can just pick up the phone on a whim and ask them if they want to go out to eat or make plans for the weekend.

I feel like it is kind of a "calm before the storm" right now. With the first day of school quickly approaching, things will speed up and get crazy here shortly. I'm a little bit excited mixed with a whole lot of anxiety at this point.

All of that to say, I want to give thanks to the Lord for His goodness in the midst of these little 'pop-up' storms that I am feeling right before a potential 'big' one hits me!

Even though I don't have all the comforts I had in the US (friends, family, my car, familiarity, etc.), I know He is here with me. He has brought me here and will not forsake me. He promised to be here and He ALWAYS fulfills His promises.

Joshua 23:14 (NIV)- "You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed."

Thank you, Lord. 

1 comment:

Nick & Meg Smith said...

Sweet Mist,

Oh, how my prayers are with you. And for that matter, ELi's too. He keeps telling me that you are coming back next summer to play - of course. Oh, the memory of a toddler. A-mazing.

May you take great claim on this quiet season diving in to new experiences without fear. Taking chunks of your day to develop your prayer life and serious study of His life changing Word.

You are missed and on quiet nights - think of me up with little man who has to use the potty for the ga-zillionth time!

Enjoy your days, Mist! The moments that make your life! Hold dearly to your faith and awe in the One who is ever present and near. Enjoy your journey, my friend!

Love and a hug!