I read a post this morning titled “What Happens When You Live Abroad”
I was fascinated by it for several reasons. Here is a quote:
“But one thing that undoubtedly exists between all of us, something that lingers unspoken at all of our gatherings, is fear. There is a palpable fear to living in a new country, and though it is more acute in the first months, even year, of your stay, it never completely evaporates as time goes on. It simply changes.”
The first thing about the post that jumps out at me is the theme of “fear.”
The second thing that jumps out at me is that fear is just seen as a condition that everyone has and ‘that is that.’
The third thing that jumps out at me (in my own head) is this thought I stole from an unknown someone long ago and it applies specifically to followers of Jesus: “We are to be thermostats not just thermometers.”
I would be curious if any of the 5 of you who will read this post, will read the mentioned post and then agree or disagree with my assessment: While fear is normal, we are not called to normality, normal is natural, we have the supernatural in us. Thus, shouldn’t we be thermostats not just thermometers? Isn’t this what we are called to do as followers of Jesus, empowered with the Holy Spirit? So, when we fear (we all do) shouldn’t we meet it with faith? or at least exercise to build our faith? No matter if we are abroad or not?