Being overseas tells a lot about a person. The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God and no-one/nothing else, including myself.
“You see when everything is taken away from you; you start to see that you now have everything.”
For Example: When I had surgery, I truly thought that was my last 6 months to live. When you’re faced with that, you can shut down, get mad or continue to live each day with what means the most to you. For me that was glorifying the One I love, God. I don’t know if I ever told my family this, but I had goodbye letters written to them, that they would have found in a journal and a letter to be read at my funeral.
Then I made it through surgery, through the grueling year and ½ of recovery, learning how to do everything all over again. Learning how to walk, sit, stand, sleep, take a shower, walk without a walker, get out of bed without assistance… Learning everything again. But through all that God showed me how to truly love and how to truly live. Without that 6 months leading up to surgery, without learning how to live again after surgery I would have never learned how to love the unlovable, how to forgive the unforgiveable. I learned what it was like to live as Christ. When you live for Christ you stop living for the money, or the job. People are who is important. People are who need to be shown God’s love.
Now being overseas, everything is taken away again, my family, my church, my friends, my culture, everything I know is on the other side of the world. But God is here, and He is showing me, teaching me, and saying “TrustMe.” He has brought me to the end of myself and all that is left is Him.
That’s when “everything is taken away from you and you see that you now have everything.”