As my time in South Korea comes to an end, I find myself working to process the fact that the end of a wonderful season is here. South Korea has been a haven and a refuge for me. I feel like God literally plucked me out of my old life and placed me here, 7,000 miles from home, knowing that the best thing for me was to be separated from the support network I had taken for granted.
While I am struggling with the fact that I am leaving 4.5 months sooner than anticipated, I have to thank Him for what I have been received during my time here. For over a year, I worked, on average, 70 hours a week and was exhausted and angry all the time. I rarely did anything but work, which damaged relationships and was physically breaking me in the form of an ulcer, and panic attacks. Here I learned what work-life balance looks like. For the first time in a decade, I can say I am free from my nicotine addiction. For the first time in my adult life, I consistently attended church. I learned what a life group was and joined one. I’ve been blessed to be here and experience this. I have met some of the best people and know that many of them will remain life-long friends.
Most importantly, I drew closer to God. My relationship deepened and I grew in a ways I couldn’t even imagine. People here describe South Korea as a pressure cooker because you grow faster here than you would back home. I got baptized in the East Sea, despite my fear of the water and public speaking. I started this blog and learned to be vulnerable and open in sharing my Christian walk. I learned to trust in the Lord and not be such a control freak.
I’m sad to be saying goodbye. I loved this season of my life. Living abroad has been such a blessing and a dream come true. There were struggles along the way but I learned to trust in the Lord and He has not let me down. He showed me to trust in His plans and to obey even when I can’t see the way.
“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” – Psalm 54:4
I know I’ll shed some tears on my flight Thursday morning but I also know that my life is much brighter because of God’s work and the people He brought into my life during this season.
I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes that sums up how I am feeling. I hope you like it.
How do you handle the end of a season? Do you have any advice or verses that help as you began a new season? I love hearing from y’all! Thanks for reading!