I just realized that I moved to Korea almost exactly two years ago!
When I think back to that time––nervous me, boarding the plane for Seoul with my two overstuffed suitcases; clueless me wandering the streets of Korea, asking strangers for directions to the nearest subway station––I feel like I am looking at the life of a different person. I thought I knew who I was back then, but I had no clue. Really no clue.
I guess that’s what people always say they want to do when they go abroad, right, that they want to find themselves? That always seemed like a strange goal to me, but that’s exactly what has happened to me here.
Actually, I wouldn’t say that I found myself in Korea.
I would say that God showed me who I really am. And that He’s still showing me. I would say that He brought me to life in a way that I never imagined was possible. And there’s still more. There’s always more.
The other day, I was reminiscing with one of my first friends in Korea about our time at Korean language school two years ago. Those times when he took care of me like an older brother by getting me whatever pizza I wanted at the lunch table. Those times when I tried to act all cool by greeting him in Korean and he always responded in English. He said, “Wow, we’ve really aged since then!”
I disagree. I wouldn’t say I’ve aged. (Please. I’m only 26! That’s like the ideal age, right?) But I have really changed. And grown up a lot. I’ve gained a lot of confidence, lost a lot of fear, and discovered I can do things I never thought I could.
And what was supposed to be just a brief adventure in Korea, a year “off,” became the start of the rest of my life.
I’m so glad that I followed God here. I can’t imagine a better life than one spent following Him. Amidst all the change, one thing that has stayed the same is God’s ability to pleasantly surprise me. Not just with the things He says to me (that constantly make me cry), but with the gifts He gives to me. (One of the best of which, I have to say, is beautiful relationships.)
These past two years have been incredible. Can’t wait to see what the next two bring!