I will get back into a regular writing schedule once school starts back up; I’m sure of it! In the meantime, I’m taking this break one day at a time. It’s been a great few weeks of spending time with people without having assignments or obligations looming in the back of my mind. I’ve also been able to enjoy the snow in so many ways!
Saturday, I went sledding for essentially the first time in my life. I’d been on a sled before of course, but Nebraska hill sledding isn’t quite the same thing as sledding in Switzerland, to say the least. When told how to steer, my first internal response was, “Uh…there will be corners?” Despite a bit of nervousness before heading down, I quickly realized that staying with a sled is a lot easier (with much lighter consequences if I fall) than staying with a horse. The whole thing turned out to be way more fun than I expected.
This past weekend, I also got to see the hot air ballons at Château d’Œx. What an experience to see the balloons in the sky! They looked a bit like Christmas ornaments strung up around the mountains. Driving back from church on Sunday was especially fun as we could see a couple dozen balloons making their way through the valley.
Yesterday, I went to a friend’s house for lunch and then we went ice skating! It was her son’s first time skating. I hadn’t skated since last February, so I wondered if I’d be able to keep my feet under me or not. Thankfully, I did! I’d forgotten how much fun ice skating is.
Before leaving for Switzerland, I had to write a list of personal goals for this time. I’m so glad that my home university required that! I look back on things I wrote in August—things like: I want to grow in my reliance on my Savior, to become more confident, to try new things, to meet people, to not be afraid, to develop my relationship with God and His Church—and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for God’s faithfulness. He has really grown me a lot in these past months. Of course at times it’s been hard and uncomfortable—being stretched outside of my comfort zone always is!—but through this I have learned so much about the incredible God who created me, and about my identity, responsibilities, and purpose in Christ.
It’s a bit too cold to take a walk today, so soon I’m heading into Lausanne to find a warm coffee shop with a good window…I’ve got an ever-growing list of books to read and re-read, and a quiet afternoon with books is something I’m very much looking forward to.
For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.