Coming to Scotland is definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am very much a homebody, and I don’t like being away from family. I am also fairly independent in that I like to do everything myself. Asking people for help is not something that I am used to doing. So coming to Scotland was a huge challenge for me as I was separated from my family and friends, but also because I had to humble myself and ask people for help. Thankfully God taught me once again just how valuable His church is.
There have been a couple of times in my life where I have come to appreciate just what it means to be a part of the family of Christ, and my time in Scotland has been one of them. While the people in the church at Airdrie may not be my biological family, we are all adopted sons and daughters of our Lord. And being a part of the family of God is a privilege that we need to appreciate more – I know that I certainly need to be reminded of it. Whenever I travel to a new place and worship with the people there I am always struck by just how much we have in common despite language, cultural, and geographical barriers. There have been several days since I have been in Airdrie where I was especially homesick, and it has been either the girls studying with me or members of the church that have encouraged me.
God also humbled me during this time and taught me how to lean on people and ask for help when I otherwise wouldn’t. I have always preferred to take care of myself and take myself where I need to go, or buy whatever I needed myself instead of borrowing. But being in another country where I don’t have a car and not a lot of the stuff I own around, has forced me to ask people for help. This has been a good experience because it has helped me to see how generous God’s people are. And it has spurred me to think about how I can be more generous to the people around me. I have been so blessed to worship in a church where people offer their time, cars, and cooking supplies sometimes without your asking them.
I will be sad to leave Airdrie, and I will be sad to leave all of the people that I have come to know and love. But I know that I will see them someday soon and will hopefully have the opportunity to repay their kindness to me if they ever come visit America!