Voices From the Edge – Stephanie Part 3

Stephanie Davis – Part 3

Clinging to Home

When adjusting to a new place, you tend to cling to things that are comforting to you. I amIMG_1740 a California girl: when I see palm trees, I see home. Since I’ve been in Altea, seeing those trees have brought me feelings of warmth and comfort. Even though I’m millions of miles away from home, I sometimes feel like I’m just across the street. I get stability from having something familiar to hold on to. These glimpses of comfort can come through multiple senses.

The other day I had canned bean and pork soup from the local supermarket. When the warm soup hit my palette I was sitting in the kitchen back home with my family. It transported me into a memory I will always hold onto. It was at that moment that I realized I missed them. I realized that I felt a gaping hole without them.

However, for fear of not being able to be present here, I haven’t contacted them much. I needed to know that I could function without them; sometimes cross-cultural ministry calls for you to be away from family.

Clinging to Humans

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 8.43.16 PMThis week we talked about calling, how all we need to do is keep our eyes on God and love Him. While our gaze is locked with His, He will show us what is next. We never have to go looking for the next step. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself clinging to mere humans rather than my Heavenly Father. I can feel the warmth of their arms when they offer me a hug, I can clearly hear their advice and they can physically wipe away my tears when needed. The physical connection makes the people next to me feel more present than God. Sometimes, it is hard to remember that God will take care of us if we let him. God doesn’t force us to accept his love.

So, here is my question for you as well as myself: Are you letting Him love you? What are you clinging to?

 

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