Please pardon my absence from this here blog last week. Life got out of hand and there were some things on the ground that needed my time and attention. And with all that going on, and yesterday marking the halfway point, I thought I’d give you an internship update today for a change of pace. Last week was crazy. I celebrated a birthday (along with some legendary characters… more on that on Thursday), had a surprise visit from my parents, switched host homes, and changed my work schedule a little bit.
Five weeks are gone. Faster than I could say, “I’m going to Northwest Georgia,” I’m looking towards home again. And while it will be good to be back, I’m going to miss this place so, so much. I’m focusing now on soaking up every sweet moment, every nugget of wisdom, every joke.
It’s been a wonderful five weeks. I love what I’m doing, most of which is children’s ministry. I’m grateful for leaders who have opened themselves up to let me walk beside them for a few weeks. And the families in the church have been so loving and so welcoming. It truly feels like home away from home.
As for what I’m learning, right now, it’s grace and how she comes in many forms. I see her in the constant reminder that I can’t earn the love of God, that He loves me even now, the new friend who texts me just to say that she’s praying for me, and learning to say, “I was wrong, and I’m sorry.”
It’s watching leaders take responsibility for their actions, the family who welcomes me in at the last minute, and the friends who go so far out of their way to make sure that I’m able to participate in church life and have a ride home again. It’s an out-of-the-blue invitation to the movies, unexpected gifts from new-old friends, and the reminder that I deserve none of it.
And each of these things tells me, reminds me, that my value goes beyond what I have to offer. It’s a rare and blessed place to find myself, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I can’t wait to see what the next five weeks have in store!