Come to the beach.
I’ve got a warm fire going for you and breakfast started for you…I know it’s been a long night.
I have words for you. I have more for you. You are not done. No, definitely not yet. You may feel like it is all over because you are unpacking your bags…with no knowledge of when you will pack them again. I know there are some nights that you wake up and soon find that tears roll down your face, and you aren’t sure why. But they come. I know you feel out of place, like a stranger with a familiar face.
You may be putting away your overstuffed passport, wondering, “Will another stamp ever grace those pages?” You may feel like you’ve lost your place in your community, but you’ve never lost your place in my heart.
Even if another stamp never graces those pages, I still want you to know my love. I still want you to know you have a calling, a purpose, a reason for being right where you are right now. I did not bring you here to drop you and leave you, but to escort you into a new season—a new season with new ways of being and new expressions of My life through you. It will not look like the one you’ve recently known, but it will carry forward the treasures of that season. Yes, you do have those treasures. Some came through great pain, I know. Some still bring a smile to your face. These treasures are for you, yes…but not just for you alone. They are meant to be shared, and in so doing, multiplied.
It will take time. I am in no rush though. I am here to ask, to listen, to speak, to correct, to clarify, to hold, and to heal. Lean into me during this time. Listen to me.
I have words for you.
Come to the beach.
If you have not already, read John 21.
After Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples were not sure what to do next. So they did all they knew to do, they went back “home.” And it was in this state of returning to their previous life, fishing, that Jesus meets them in a profound way. He comes to them as they are on the boat, tells them that they’ll catch fish if they’ll just throw their nets on the other side of the boat. And they do. They catch so many fish that the boat begins to sink. “It’s the Lord!”
They rush to the beach to enjoy breakfast with their Savior. Jesus speaks to them. He heals, He calls, He re-instates—even causing hurt as He does so. But then He sends them out into a new season, a season that would not have been possible had they not said yes to walking dusty roads with Him in the first place.
Returning Well: Your Guide to Thriving Back “Home” After Serving Cross-Culturally invites you to come, just like the disciples, and talk with Jesus. Providing you questions to engage with Him that follow the transition process. Returning Well leads you to hear from Him words of truth, understanding, wisdom, healing, and calling—words that will propel you into a new season full of life. By using Returning Well, you will discover how this recent season of cross-cultural service influenced you, how to re-integrate well, and what moving forward in faith means for you.
Will you come?
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What challenges and blessings have surprised you as you have returned?
How has Christ met you in the midst of transition?