I’ve decided to write one final blog post about my trip. I loved being able to share stories of what God was doing in each country that we served in. I learned and experienced so much during those two months, and honestly I am still trying to process the whole thing.
Anyone who was with me the first few days I was home can attest to this, but I was in such a weird funk. I had no idea what to do with myself and how to jump back into my life. I was overwhelmed. I have realized though that it is impossible for me to just jump back into my life, the life that I had before Global Journey, because my life has been changed. The Lord has changed my heart and my life. There are SO many things that the Lord showed me this summer that will forever alter my daily life, and I am so thankful for that.
He taught me that He is everywhere and everything is His. He knows every language, He loves every person, He created everything. It’s beautiful and he deserves so much praise for that. He taught me that prayer is incredibly powerful, that spiritual warfare is real, and that I need the Holy Spirit to lead every move I make. I learned that there is a difference between a committed and a surrendered life, and I need to be more surrendered. He showed me that church is good and beautiful. I learned how important a community of believers is and how important it is for that community to love and serve each other and the non-believers that surround them. I was reminded and shown how incredibly blessed I am. God has given me so much, and I need to not take that for granted, but instead use the blessings I’ve been given to bless others. I witnessed how God truly loves the least of these, how no matter how much or how little you have, all you really need is Jesus, and how true joy can only come from Him.
I have realized how vital it is for me to not separate secular and spiritual. I plan on having a job in the hospitality industry, but all that means is that my ministry is the hospitality industry. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I need to glorify and proclaim His great name in every aspect of my life. No matter where I go, what job I have, my ultimate goal needs to be to further His kingdom.
I think that it is going to take a while for me to fully digest everything and alter the things in my life to line up with what God’s plan is for my life. When I think of Global Journey and this past summer, I will think of the greatest summer of my life. I will think of all of the beautiful people I met and amazing places I went. I will think of all of the things that the Lord taught me. Most importantly I will always think of how God is a God of the entire world and how grateful I am that the Lord gave me to opportunity to see a glimpse of that.
I found a quote on the fabulous Pinterest that I really like. “I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter…and that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. A lot of people – Americans and Europeans – come back and go, “ohhhhh”. And that lightbulb goes on.” Henry Rollins
Anyone that asks me if they should go on Global Journey or any international mission trip, I will answer yes. Definitely yes. Thank you for venturing with me. God is so incredibly good.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10