After weeks of planning and anticipation the day has finally arrived. I left this morning for India. It will take almost 36 hours before I arrive at my final destination. That includes the layovers between flights and I am currently on the longest layover now. I am sitting here at LAX in the Tom Bradley International Terminal awaiting the longest flight of the trip (16.5 hours).
It was an early morning start leaving Beatrice at 4:00 this morning to catch the flight out of Omaha at 7:25 a.m. I have to admit flying is not my most favorite activity. The only thing I really like about it is the fact it gets you to a place relatively fast. Is 36 hours fast?!? I know, I know, considering I will be on the other side of the globe from my home, 36 hours seems pretty reasonable. I have to say that the first flight take-off and landing were the smoothest I have ever experienced. Kudos to the pilot at American Airlines Flight 485!
I have been a bit anxious the last few days and now that I am in the processing of finally starting this journey, I have to say I am thankful it is here. I will miss my family probably more than I realize but when God calls you to a work, it’s best to follow through. I think that is what is keeping me calm and collected as I navigate this experience on my own with only Him walking beside me. It is hard to explain what that feels like until you have done it yourself. As you look around and see NO familiar faces, the only thing that feels like home is talking to God about where you are, what you are doing and where He wants your next steps to go.
It is my prayer that in this day and a half of traveling time, I can empty myself of me and totally fill myself with His Spirit and this amazing, humbling job God has given me to do in the next three weeks. Pray that the rest of my flights go as planned and when I finally arrive in Thiruvananthapuram I will find Abraham amongst the sea of people. Don’t worry, Abraham and I have been in contact and he assures me he will be able to “catch me” when I come out of the exit.
The next post will be from INDIA!!!!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.