After my recent trip back to Ohio and being able to see family for the first time in over a year I realized it was going to be tough, yet again, to leave them. When I originally left last April I was a mess while standing in line at the airport going through security. Even though I was excited to be going to Germany where I knew God was leading me, I knew it would be hard, especially without my family.
My family means the world to me and I am not sure what I would do without them. Thank goodness for technology so we can still communicate on a fairly regular basis.
So I miss them, but God understands that and he has provided me with family here in Germany too.
Just the other day I was helping a family get settled into their apartment after arriving from the US. I stepped outside to start grabbing some more luggage to bring in and one of the daughter’s of my coworkers and friends screamed, “Uncle Jacob” and started running my way. She immediately jumped into my arms and gave me a big hug. We talked for a bit and then she ran off to play with her friends. This same girl also got disappointed when I wasn’t coming to her birthday dinner (so of course I immediately came over). There is no blood relation, but she is my niece. She is not the only niece and nephew that I have gained in my short time here and I love that God knew I needed each and every one of them.
There are many other people that God has provided for me that in no way replace my family, but they provide a similar feeling as my family always has. I have many older brothers here, who look out for me, just like my brother always has. There is a couple here who provide the motherly and fatherly care, comfort and occasional meal like my mom, dad and step-dad have for me all of my life.
I don’t know why I am always shocked by it, but for some reason I am always shocked that God knows exactly what I need. This is not to say that I never miss my family, it is simply to say that He is providing for me, especially when I am missing my family.