Despite the somewhat rainy weather, I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Scotland in the span of a mere two weeks. This can be attributed to the fact that God has truly “showered us” with blessing after blessing right from the start of our adventure. This began with opening up an extra security line in the airport and getting us through customs when we were sure we were going to miss our connecting flight from London to Edinburgh.
While I was very thankful we did not have to reschedule our flight, an even bigger blessing has been the Airdrie RP Church. The people there have made us feel right at home, and they all seem to embody a rare form of love and authenticity. I have come to recognize this through various ways: being invited over to someone’s home every Sunday after church for lunch, being welcomed into METs (which are small group Bible studies mid-week in people’s homes), getting invited to a Burns supper to commemorate the famous Scottish poet (where Rachel and I got to try haggis for the first time and dare I say, we found it to be surprisingly good!), and being able to tag along on weekend trips to fun places!
This past Saturday we got to go to Perthshire, which is absolutely breathtaking. We touched the oldest living thing in Europe—a yew tree, which is between 2,000 and 5,000 years old, and located in the town that is the legendary birthplace of Pontius Pilate. Also, I have never seen such beautiful snow-capped mountains and rolling hills with quaint little streams in my life. Earlier in the week we got to go back to Glasgow and see the Cathedral and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It is quite humbling to stand inside buildings that are older than your country.
This weekend I also had the privilege of giving the Bible lesson at Kids Club which takes place every Friday night. I am continually blown away by how much Bible knowledge these young kids have (when I can understand their accents). That is a huge testimony to the importance of Scripture being the focal point at the RP church, along with pursuing Godliness.
Recently, God has been teaching me about freedom in the dawn of new beginnings. Once we can recognize that we are already loved perfectly, and can find complete satisfaction in Jesus, then new experiences and new relationships can develop in the freedom of knowing that nothing can be added to or taken away from the love that God already has for us. This has helped eliminate many of my fears related to what people will think of me (a weird American) and with having the confidence to try new things.
Love Jesus. Experience freedom. Travel to Scotland ASAP.