In the three weeks I've been here, I can honestly say I haven't had a better start to a day than the one I experienced this morning. (Good thing, too, as the rest of the day was unusually taxing.) I woke up on the early side for a Korean-based ESL teacher and was out the door by 9am. There was a crispness in the air, and it felt good as I walked to Jamsil station. My goal was to arrive at the church on time, and I almost managed to do so even after an unanticipated subway train switch.
Upon exiting my destination station (Euljiro 3ga), I became disoriented. I knew I needed to exit through gate 12 but had no idea where to go from there. Some construction workers noticed my puzzled look and asked where I was headed. They gave me directions and then said they loved me, which amused me but also made me wonder if they were sending me down a rabbit trail. Fortunately, their directions were accurate, and within a couple minutes I caught sight of the church's steeple. My heart began pounding. Looking back, I'm not sure if I was out of breath, nervous or worried about being disappointed. In any case, my anxiety was completely unnecessary, and I realized as much from the minute I walked through the doors. Several women greeted me warmly, putting me at ease. I became overwhelmed by a tremendous sense of joy, peace, and hope, and actually got a little choked up. God is so good. He is such a personal God, meeting us right where we're at. After feeling disconnected the last few weeks, I needed to feel His presence, and He blessed me more than I could imagine. For the other BSFers out there: the discussion group was lively, and the lecture was insightful, interesting, and very applicable. I look forward to returning next week.
And for those who are still trying to figure out what BSF stands for, let me point you here: http://bsfinternational.org. There may be a class near you... it's worth checking out.
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