I have been home for more than 48 hours! I landed in Dallas on Tuesday around 5:30am and then in Baltimore at 2:30pm, so I made it back to my house by 4pm. My mama and my sister greeted me at the baggage claim with a “Welcome Home, Nats” sign and big hugs and lots of chatter and laughter. I ate a pasta dinner with salad and unpacked and cleaned my room and slept in my own bed. Now I’m simultaneously running around to visit all the people and places while relaxing into the home-ness of everything…
The air feels so clean and fresh. I feel like a midget — Chileans are short, and I was “tall.” I’m wearing all the clothes I haven’t worn for five months while realizing how much of this stuff I don’t actually need in my life… Everyone speaks English; I ordered coffee in English, at a Dunkin Donuts. I have enough space to lie down on the floor of my bedroom. I can snuggle my cat whenever I want. I can drive and sing as loud as my heart desires.
Life is good.
I already miss the people in Chile, but, at the same time, there’s really nothing like being surrounded by all the things I’ve known and loved for most of my life.
There is a thunderstorm sitting upon us tonight, and I am going to fall asleep in my own bed to the sound of rain on my porch roof after reading for a while… or watching Friends… or writing… or making yet another Spotify playlist… The point is, I’m home. Life is normal.
And this is the end of my Chilean saga. The Lord has been beyond faithful to fulfill all His promises — those that I already leaned on and those that I hadn’t even known to exist. He revealed His grandness in the immense scale of Creation. He revealed His love through the beautiful souls who surrounded me all semester. He revealed His constancy in the middle of my loneliness, reminding me who created me and who holds my every moment. He revealed His goodness in all the showering of His provision — of friends, of housing, of opportunities, of community, of experiences…
There’s a lot more to study abroad than language learning and good eats. My brain is different — still mine but a little different.
I love Chile.
I love the USA.
I love life.
I love Jesus.
Thanks for following along, and I hope that every day brings you as much joy as it brings me. It’s pretty much impossible to sum up all of my ponderings from the semester — or even from the past 2 days of being home — so I will just leave you with this:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the Earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Peace and Blessings x
(From Fallston, Maryland, U.S.A.)