I am of the firm belief that the best way to remedy a lonely heart is to dig into the rich word of God. No matter how much I tried, I couldn't do this semester abroad on my own. I needed God if I ever wanted to enjoy this country and be fruitful here. A study abroad is not an excuse to skip church and have a 5-month break from the religious life—if done right, studying abroad should be the exact opposite.
Since I’ve been here, I’ve felt God teaching me so many new things. I’ve learned that a life without God is not a life worth living (for the millionth time) and that there is no place too far away to escape God’s unending love. Since I’ve been here, I’ve found a cute little church and a Christian college group. I’ve also started studying Acts with a friend and focusing on my personal growth and development in the Word. I now try to give my first and last 15 minutes of every day to him—reflecting on the word and what he’s trying to teach me.
More still, I’ve become absolutely addicted to listening to sermons. I listen to them every day for over an hour when walking to and from my classes. Through these sermons and my personal devotions, I’ve felt God tearing away the old me and bringing in something altogether new and beautiful. I’m still so far from perfect, and God constantly reminds me of this. However, I’m not where I was … and that’s the best part.
Tuning in to God’s voice has given me a newfound sense of peace in this altogether unfamiliar world. He is constantly reminding me that, while my conditions may change and my surroundings may differ, he never will. Thanks be to God that he is always with us and will never forsake us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.