When I was in South Africa times often came about when I would have 4-5 different things to write about on my blog and for various reasons I would only write about one, maybe.This is a similiar time. I could write about a number of different things but I’ll go with the following.
On Monday I found myself a bit stressed. This is unusual for me. I don’t get stressed often. I like being laid back and simple. In fact I enjoy being the person who can stand outside of another person’s situation and see why they are stressed and be happy I am not like that. I also like to think that having Jesus in my life helps me keep my priorities straight and to avoid a lot of things that others might not.So being stressed can catch me off guard when it does occur.
I was stressed for a number of different reasons, none very important or interesting to mention, but what I want to note is that throughout my day even when all I wanted to do was shut down, when I stopped to rely on God and pray briefly I was able to move on. Now I’m not saying every time you’re sad just think about Jesus and everything will be rosy. My point is simply that the only hope we really have in this life when things go bad is to lean on Him. It sounds corny and lame but it’s true. God is there and he doesn’t want us worrying about all the incredibly stupid things we tend to worry about. He wants us to acknowledge and worship him and in that be salt and light.
So that’s that.
Tonight I had dinner with a family from my church. Nothing too special about that. However the mom in this family had spent over 10 years in the Czech Republic and met and married her husband there. Having heard through a friend of my friend’s mom that I was going to the Czech Republic soon, she invited me over to her house the very first week I returned from South Africa. A few months later the dates finally aligned to set up the meeting.
It went great. They have four really cute kids and it was a great night of talking and learning. I can’t emphasize enough how much I enjoy learning about a place from people who are 1)from there and 2) lived there a long time. This couple met both criteria and were both very open and friendly in telling me a lot about the country I’ll be spending a year at. I learned a lot from history to the plethora of castles there but one thing was very encouraging. The husband said that his adjustment to New England had not been too hard because the people of New England have a similar temperament and attitude to most Czechs. As we talked more and more it became clear that many of the ways that Czechs think and act are ways that I do as well.
Culture shock happens of course and I’m sure there will be plenty of weird moments while I’m over there (Czech appears notoriously difficult to learn) but to think that maybe I’ll be able to connect with the people there just being who I am (at least a bit) is tremendously exciting. To have a family like this with such insight on the country to be only 30 minutes away from my house AND to attend my church is a blessing. Having over 3 months until I go it is easy to lose excitement about going, but tonight has totally reenergized me and I cannot wait until I get off that plane in August.