When I found out I was studying abroad in Prague last spring, I’ll be honest, I had to look it up on Google maps to see where it was. My next stop was Pinterest: Top Ten Things to do in Prague lists. Over the next few weeks, I got so excited to see Prague for real and not virtually. I had never been overseas before this trip and my study abroad trip would be the first time. To say I was nervous is a huge understatement. I was terrified. I would be going to Indonesia later that summer, so before hopping on the flight to Prague, everything seemed overwhelming. I was about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime and all I could think about was how scared I was for this adventure.
I boarded the plane on May 16 at 4am completely terrified. I continued to feel the weird mix of anxiety and excitement until we arrived in Iceland. We landed and hopped on the bus to the Blue Lagoon (a giant natural spring hot tub in Iceland), a truly perfect start to the trip because it helped calm my nerves. I remember thinking how everything seemed SO far from home. We would hop on a plane that next morning and eventually make our way to Prague. That first night in Prague, I sat awake in my bed praying and thinking, and Jesus started to speak.
Psalm 34:4 says: “God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.”
Man, something that I learned while studying abroad was that even though there were so many times where I was uncomfortable and nervous, every single time Jesus showed up and reminded me how to be comfortable with him when I was standing in the middle of something uncomfortable.
When I finally began to understand how to constantly stand in the comfort of Jesus while in Prague, I was amazed to see the world around me. I loved experiencing the difference in culture. Trying all the new Czech foods. I adored the little chocolate market down the street that I almost went to daily. I loved the day trips to places outside the city in the Czech country side. I loved the flowers that covered the country side roads. The farmers’ markets and rooftop dinners. All of a sudden, I realized that I had now become so comfortable with where Jesus had me that the spirit of anxiety and fear had faded and I could now live fully in the moment and be present.
Jesus was so sweet to use study abroad as a lesson of how to always be comfortable in him. When I got back home it was so much easier to take things that scared me and remind myself of how Jesus moved in my heart abroad. So thankful for a God that said, “Let’s go travel,” and took me to places I would have never gone…to grow me. He is so faithful!!!