Travel time: approximately 25 hours
I don’t know if you really know yourself if you haven’t done 2 days of traveling, alone in foreign countries. It’s a revelatory experience full of challenges and hours of silence. Something I horribly dread.
Mrs. Rudolph gave me a word in 2008 that God was calling me to a season of being alone. Appreciating time between just Him and me and that she didn’t know how long that time would last but she set me up for what’s been exactly that: lots of alone time.
I have learned this year to appreciate the quiet times alone. For anyone that knows me, I’ve come along way and I don’t think I’ve ever said the words “I need alone time.” Perhaps I’ve learned to like myself enough to enjoy me for a bit. I definitely would be frightened and think I was depressed if I didn’t know this season was ordained by God.
First, I had a room to myself for the first time in
Getting on the plane in the first place was a confusing experience. Everyone in my family, the friends that surround me and people at church continued to question my motives and kept bringing doubt in my mind about returning to the island. Again, I knew I had a word from the Lord and pressed onward. I cried often and kept asking God if He had changed His mind. As I sat at my gate in DFW, I admitted to someone I just needed one person to tell me I was doing the right thing and needed to get on that plane. If my friend hadn’t assured me I heard from the Lord and was doing the right thing I may have walked out of that terminal.
The gentlemen that sat next to me before I got up and found an empty row was from
My layover in
At the train station I met a Cyporiote traveling from DC back to his home. It was so random that he started talking to me at the train and then happened to be a citizen of the island. I saw him again at our gate and he talked my ear off. He had spent his layover seeing the city and was interested in my visit to his beautiful country. I don’t remember his name. He had a
I slept most of the plane ride from
I guess I jumped on the 830 bus instead of the one at 915 so I had some more alone time while I waited for Sandra.
I was greeted by Hannah, Marissa and Julia and spent some time sharing my funny traveling experiences with them. I’m staying in my old room at the moment and even though houses haven’t been permanently assigned I’m hoping I get this house again.
I slept well last night and got up around to a short visit with Cas and Serah. The girls came home from working on the new base and we had lunch together. I get the day off for recuperating and then tomorrow I’ll start working with them. I can’t wait to see my new office!
Well I’ve written a novel and have few pictures to liven it up so I will go. I don’t know how often I’ll blog so I won’t make any promises. I hope its something I find time for while I’m here. It's never been easy in the past!