In such a broken world, there are many things to worry about, especially in a new and foreign place. What if I miss my flight? What if I get lost? What if can’t communicate what I need to say and sit there looking like an idiot? The list goes on and on to infinity.
It’s so easy to worry and fret during a study abroad. You’re so far away from home, and there’s no safety net to help you if anything goes wrong. You can’t call ‘Mommy and Daddy’ to come help (mostly because you don’t have an international plan). It’s all too easy to get lost in all the ‘what ifs.’
However, God’s been teaching me to abide in him. It’s almost as if he’s whispering to me, “I have you in my arms. No matter what happens, I am here.” John 15:4 reminds me of this, saying, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
I can worry the day away, but no amount of worrying will protect me more than the everlasting love and protection that God has put over my life. Although so much is new and scary, I need to trust him and know that he will care for me throughout my time here. No place is too far away for God to stop caring and protecting. We only need to let him do the work and rest in his loving arms.