Own My Calling
Today's post was written a few months ago by Sister Alena Ricci when she was studying abroad in Chile. She's back home now with loads of stories and blessings to share!
"I am a free human being" – Jane Eyre
Earthquakes, tsunamis, more embarrassing moments than I can count…
With all of that, today I mark my halfway point in my study abroad program!
And with my halfway point comes more things to be understood.
A couple posts ago, I wrote about the woman at the well, but for some reason, I stopped writing right before the most important part of the entire story (at least, in my opinion).
In John 4 so far, the woman has met Jesus at a well and He has told her everything that she’s ever done — and that He is Jesus Christ.
So she is convicted.
After that, this woman left everything she had to go and tell her people about her conversion. She gave up her water jar, her life, because without water you cannot live, to go and bring her own people, the ones who probably condemned her behavior, so that they, too, could come to Jesus.
And it worked. People believed in Jesus Christ because she was bold enough to tell them the truth. To tell them what was now her reality.
And then, in verse 42, the story becomes so incredibly powerful. The Samaritans said to the woman, "Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."
The longer I’m here in Chile, the more important I realize that it is to OWN my calling.
That it’s so necessary that this conviction that these people share is the exact same one that I have every single second of every single day.
I have heard for myself. And now it’s my turn to be the woman at the well and tell others my testimony so that they can have their own.
This is a story I wish that I would have paid more attention to in high school because I feel like I’m actually learning it for the first time here. And I feel like there is so much to be learned.
That we are each the woman at the well because this story covers so many stages of our lives. The stages of aggravation, exhaustion, conviction, excitement and so many more…
And these are all stages that are so easy to feel here, away from everything that I’ve ever known. It’s so easy to get angry and frustrated with things here, but it’s also so easy to see God’s hand in my life every day that I safely arrive to school.
Living abroad is not easy. This is not the vacation I thought it would be 72 days ago.
But this is also the experience that I needed for so many reasons.
God has blessed me in my time here, but the one thing that He’s blessed me with that I cannot even begin to describe is the opportunity to own my calling and who I am in Jesus Christ.
Because in my redemption, I am free.
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