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Nearing the End: A REACH Update

By Morgan, Team Thailand

I’d say I can’t believe the end is here, but the truth is, I can. I’ve had a lot of things roaming in my mind lately. Things like…

How will our last week here go? How should I be processing the past nine months? What will reentry be like? How will I handle the goodbyes? What will it be like adjusting to a different culture and time zone again? What will it be like reuniting with loved ones? Where will I fit in? What happened while I was gone? How will I possibly summarize the last nine months to those who want to hear about my experience in this program? What will be the new normal? Will I be able to pick up where I left off? Do I have too high of expectations for my summer at home? What will my friendships look like? What will the next year of my life hold?

Lately, there have been moments when it’s hard not to become overwhelmed. I find myself wanting to think about all of these things so that I can process well, finish strong, dig deep, be intentional, and see all of the ways that God has worked and the things that he’s brought my team and I through. But lately, God has been reminding me of the verse he has brought up all throughout my time here: “Be still and know that he is God.” I can find rest in his promises – knowing that he is faithful and present in every step of life – even in the unknowns.

As I think back on the time we have spent in this country, I see a lot of things. I see the people we’ve come in contact with. Our Thai class, the kids at the school, the ladies and children at Samaritan’s Creation, the people at the fellowship, the food vendors we regularly visited, the long-term team, and other various groups we taught English to. I think about the good memories. I think about the difficult times. The moments of tears and laughter. The times of reassurance and doubt. Of confrontation and encouragement. There have been many mixed emotions and many different seasons, yet there hasn’t been a single season where the faithfulness of God wasn’t evident. He continually gave me grace and was so patient. He continually called me back to himself and asked me to place my identity, fears, weaknesses, pressures, successes, failures, and hope in him. “I want to process well. Reconnect well. Prepare well. Lead well. Love deeply. But the truth is, sometimes I don’t know how.”Now he’s calling me back to himself for strength because on my own, I will never be able to stand. He’s teaching me to be still and know that he is God.

I look forward to seeing what the next year of life will hold even though it’s easy to become fearful and look at all of the unknowns. I want to process well. Reconnect well. Prepare well. Lead well. Love deeply. But the truth is, sometimes I don’t know how. But if there is one thing the past year has shown me, it’s that the Father will be by my side every step of the way. He knows my past, my present, and my future. Sometimes it feels like I’m not ready for all that is to come. But when the things of life seem overwhelming, he reminds me of the simplicity of who he is and what he’s called me to. He’s called me to be faithful. He’s called me to worship. To remain willing, love others, seek relationship with him, and surrender myself in exchange for life in the fullness of his love. Sometimes that means not having it all together. Sometimes that means not knowing what’s going to happen. And sometimes that means resting in the joy and fullness of his presence, knowing that he is enough and he is worthy.

Please pray for the REACH teams as they adjust to living in the United States. Pray that through all of the confusing and overwhelming transitions, they would find rest in God.

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