Greetings from Lincoln, Nebraska!
I have been here for a week now, and a terribly busy week it has been. I went to the bank so frequently that the branch manager exclaimed, "Wow, you must really love us!" when she saw me for the fourth time yesterday. Also, I have one too many Walmart receipts because I kept forgetting to get some items and had to go back for them. Today felt like a vacation because I did not have anything urgent left on my to-do list. So I decided to grab a cup of raspberry mocha, sit by the coffee shop window as it gently poured outside, and spend precious time with my God.
Backtracking to the day I left Malaysia, I was simply and supremely in awe of how God has blessed me in every imaginable way during my season at home. I suppose this joy overflowed because I found the courage to talk to strangers, for the first time, during my flights and transits en route to the U.S. of A. I chatted with a total of four people at length, and these four people turned out to be a brother-in-Christ/music student, a designer/make-up artist, a chef/photographer, and a high school senior returning from a mission trip in Japan. Needless to say, it was one of my most interesting journeys on air thus far.
Despite being too busy for God most days and being so consumed by the things of this world, still His mercies for me were new every morning, His grace was sufficient for me every day, and His love covered me every moment. There are truly no words to describe the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus and walking humbly with Him.
There are ten thousand and more things that I am thankful for this past week, but here are just a handful of them: A job offer for my brother, breakfast made by my apartmentmate on my first morning here, my cousin's willingness to lend me his car for the week, having a lovely lady as my program's coordinator, staying in the very bedroom which once belonged to a dear sister-in-Christ, financial provision to get all that I need (and don't need), familiar places and familiar faces, technology for keeping in touch with people miles away, and three pounds of frozen blueberries.
I say this all the time, and I cannot help but say it again: God is so good!
"One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple."