My heart was pounding with excitement as I was embraced by old friends and loved ones for the first time in 5 weeks, a smile was permanently on my face because I was just so overly excited!!! Yep, my first surprise trip home was a success, but it also taught me a whole lot.
OH MY STARS how did I not realize how great it is to be at home?! I was pretty reluctant to coming home due to the fact I am head over heels in love with my university, but a little voice in my head just kept telling me to go home, so it seemed like the perfect time to finally make the trip to my good ol’ hometown. The town that you just couldn’t wait to get out of (I know you said it), the town that had become “boring” (I know you probably said that one too)… As I walked back into my house and was happily greeted by my dogs and my parents, that’s when it hit me how relieving it felt to just be home. I had become so wrapped up in my new life routine that I had bypassed the fact that I needed to come home and see the ones that mean the most. I was lucky enough to catch our hometown rivalry volleyball game (it was always my favorite game to play in) and catch some Friday night lights. This hit me hard, seeing that I was actually a “has been”; an “alumni”.
I was abundantly joyful to be loved on and missed so much by my dear friends, a comforting feeling. I was in the middle of it all when I felt the Lord saying in my ear, “I told you so”, and that’s when I realized who kept telling me to come home this weekend; God is weird in His works sometimes. My Jesus was reminding me of where I came from and who I really am. Sometimes we forget where we came from and what place made us the people we are today. That can relate to our faith as well.
There is a start to our faith journey whether that was when we were a small child, or even an adult, the start was the most important part. Most people can recall that “aha” moment that sparked them onto their journey of faith, and it changed their life for the better. There are certain foundations that are established in that moment, foundations that we can fall back on every step of the way in this everlasting journey that we are on. If we don’t remember where we came from, how will we know where we can go? Though we often push these foundations to the side and just focus on the future, they are what is going to get us to the future. Although it isn’t always easy, let us always remember where we came from, and how that has and will make us who we are meant to be.
“Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.” -Isaiah 46:9