I've been home from Mexico for about two weeks now and figured it's time to share a little more about my experience. I wanted to spend time just absorbing everything and trying to get adjusted to being back home.
Transitioning was not as easy as I thougth it would be. When I got to Mexico it was so easy for me to adapt, I didn't get homesick or anything. Yes, there were days where I missed my friends but it still wasn't hard like I thought it would be. Coming home, on the other hand has been quite a transition. Reverse culture shock is something I didn't think that I would experience. I was warned about it but didn't think I'd experience it. But going from living quite a simple life and only having the stuff that fit in my suitcase for two months, and then coming home and having a whole room full of all my belongings was quite overwhelming. It made me realize how much stuff I have and that I don't need a lot of it. It's pretty safe to say that spending two months in Mexico changed my perspective on a lot of things.
I've realized how materialistic I am. I've always wanted the cutest clothes, nicest shoes, best makeup...you get the point. In reality, none of that really matters. Am I saying I hate all of that stuff now? No, I have just come to the realization that all of that isn't important, it shouldn't be a priority and what consumes me. I'd rather be known for living a life that is pleasing and satisfying to the Lord than to be known for having the best outfit.
Something else I realized, was how important it is to spend quality time with the Lord in prayer and His word. Without it we can’t pour in to others. And it really is obvious in the work that we do. We need God to equip us before every battle whether it be small or large.
I felt God stretch me to do things that I would never have imagined myself doing, and that proves that it was HIM doing things through me and not myself.
As I prepared to come home I worried about how my friendships would be, what my role in ministries would be, what I would do for two weeks before starting school and work. But the Lord has worked all that out for me and it's stuff that I don't need to worry about.
Even though my time in Mexico has ended, my mission isn't over. After I finish school this year I want to return to Mexico for a longer period of time and then eventually serve God as a missionary in South or Central America. I really don't know whats next, but I am excited to see where God takes me.
I'll forever be grateful that God chose me to serve Him and be able to witness His greatness. I am so thankful for the wonderful people that I met, thank you all for constantly pouring into me, mentoring me and showing me God's love.