It is hard to believe that I have been in the mission field for 3 months and I fly home for a visa trip (short trip to renew my visa) in less than 3 weeks. I am extremely blessed to be able to fly home to renew my visa and visit friends and family—not every missionary has this opportunity.
I spent my Thanksgiving with the Loma de Luz community at the home of another missionary family. We had great food, fellowship, and fun. I made it a point to FaceTime with my family to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and many of them made the comment, “I wish you were with us.” But I just half-heartedly answered, “I wish I was with you too.” Is this ME? I am an extremely family oriented person and love my family very much. But, the truth is that I didn’t really wish I were anywhere else. I was completely content and happy with how I spent this holiday. This is all coming from the same girl who once cried because we were having Thanksgiving dinner at the country club instead of at home!
As I reflect on my emotions I wonder: Why am I not sad? Why don’t I feel lonely? Why would I be content with being away from my family on Thanksgiving? The only appropriate answer is that God has prepared me for this more than I had anticipated.
Loneliness is one of the stereotypical missionary struggles. Although, many new missionaries struggle with loneliness, I honestly haven’t; this season has been more of a struggle with obedience, fear, and stepping out of my comfort zone.
However, as it is written:
I may not understand how, but it is evident that God is continuously at work in my life and has prepared me to deal with my daily struggles.
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