I’m waking up to my third day in beautiful Japan.
Yep, I’m here in Japan. And I’m “saying-what” to my own self.
Seriously. I never would have dreamed in a million bazillion years that I would be moving anywhere outside of the United States.
And it’s not that I was opposed to crossing the U.S. border, I have always been open to travel and even lived overseas when I was younger.
But at 35-years old, to give it all away and pack it all up and move to a non-speaking English country far, far away…
Whoah. That’s all I can say.
But I’m here and as I pulled my luggage along at the train station upon first arriving, I felt like one of those proverbial characters in a story who leaves their small town roots and moves to the big city to follow their dreams.
That’s pretty much me.
I have left my small-minded roots and I’ve moved on to dreaming big and following the Dream Maker.
And it’s already proving to be such an incredible ride.
I sat next to a precious couple on the plane who spoke very little English but enough to invite me to the beach town where they reside! I’m currently being hosted in the home of Eriko’s parents who are incredibly kind and gracious. I’ve finally met the wonderful man Eriko is going to marry and have been spending time getting to know one of Eriko’s sweetest friends.
And in the midst of meeting all these amazing people, my surroundings feel completely surreal. The jet lag is likely adding to my haziness, but the reality is I am in a completely different world, one that I’ve never been in before and I can’t rely on my ways or knowledge since I have absolutely none with regard to this place…
And the one person I know here is in the final hours leading up to her big special wedding day, and then off to her honeymoon…
So where does that leave me in this new place?
And there is no better place to be. I’m learning to depend on Him all the more. Trusting in Him to navigate my way since I can’t read the signs. Literally. Trusting that He is in the teeniest tiniest, most seemingly insignificant stuff…
Because there is no other way for me and truth be told, this previously small-minded girl would never have made a move like this all by herself because she knows her tendency to get overwhelmed with such things…
But when you make promises, you keep them. And I promised to follow Him wherever He went. And He promises to be with me wherever I go.
And so far, so good…
And it’s so God, that I have come so far!!!!!!!!!!!
Sending my love from Japan and missing you all!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9