Guest Post: On Missing Out, Isolation, And Daily Grace

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to have Danielle on Journey Mercies today. We met through the Influence Network and were amazed to discover we had friends in common. Danielle is actually my neighbor here in Bangkok, and I have really enjoyed getting to know her in real life, not just online. Enjoy! - whitney

Since moving overseas I am acutely aware of the many things I can’t do because I am here and not there. 

Tragedies happen to people I love, and I can’t go and give them a hug.
Exciting things are going on for people I care about, and I can’t celebrate with them.
Birthdays happen and friends from far away get together, and I am not there.
PhD. Programs worth pursuing aren’t online.
Blog conferences go on without me.
State swim meets, that my daughter should have been a part of, take place without her.
Sunday services and small groups go one without our family.
The Olympics are on, but we don’t get them here.

This list is only a fraction of the many things I want to do, but feel like I can’t because we are so far away.  Living overseas can feel like you are living in an alternate universe at times. But God is faithful here in our far away existence. He has given our family new opportunities to meet people from all over the world. We are getting to see first hand the amazing works of God in a country that is antagonistic towards the gospel. There was much that was lost, but God has redeemed even our deepest feelings of loss with the fullness of his grace each day. It doesn’t always feel like that, but we know and cling to the fact that this is true. Living overseas isn’t always easy, but his mercies are new each morning, even over here!  

So each morning, we put our heads down and get to work. We pursue the God of the universe who deeply loves us, and who is far greater than not feeling isolated could ever be. He is our chosen portion, and reminds of the fact that the boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places. Sometimes these boundary lines feel constricting, but in the center of his will we are freer than we could ever imagine being. 

We are missing a lot, but we are experiencing exactly what he wants us to experience, his grace, his mercy and his deep love and commitment. Our portion is full even when we don’t realize it.

Danielle writes at This Life I Live. She is a believer, a wife, a mother, a Carrie Underwood lover, coke drinker, Starbucks addict and special education teacher. She and her husband recently moved to Bangkok, Thailand where she teaches and he serves as a missionary with SCPInternational.  You can find Danielle on Twitter, Instagram and on her blog.