Tomorrow many of you will go back to work. Schedules will mandate your time and focus, and routine will demand your cooperation. As you prepare to fall back into a sense of normal, you may be also dealing with some unexpected emotions. God shook your world this week. He opened your eyes to things you didn't know existed. He accomplished things in you that you didn't know possible. And He awakened your spirit to something you never want to forget. In light of that, you may be feeling some aftershocks.
Perhaps you feel depressed. You encountered joy amidst poverty and peace despite difficult circumstances in a way that words are inadequate to express. You have shared your stories, but it's not the same. Your friends and family just don't get it, and the feeling that "life is about to go back to normal" is depressing. If you are feeling this way, remember life will go back to normal, but you don't have to. The same God that gave you those experiences abroad is the same God you worship at home. Focus on thanking Him for allowing you to be a part of His mission and look for ways you can have joy and peace where He has planted you.
Maybe your mood is better characterized by guilt. You look in your fridge and shudder at the many options to fill your belly. You sat in the air conditioned church this morning on a cushioned pew and felt embarrassed by your comfort. You think about your home, your car, your clothes, your job and somehow feel repulsed by your abundance. Ask God to provide you with a clear direction of how you can be a good steward of all He has given you and the courage to obey then allow Him to replace your guilt with a grateful heart.
Anyone feeling frustrated? People at home just don't understand what you saw and experienced. It's frustrating. What's even more frustrating is that our culture doesn't seem to care that they are filthy rich or blessed beyond measure. Remember your trip opened your eyes, not everyone else's. You are responsible for the way that you live going forward, not everyone else. As you live a changed life in response to what you experienced, your friends and family will notice.
As things settle down and you transition back into a routine, you have a choice to make. You can "forget" what God has shown you and live like your trip to Haiti never happened or you can implement a change. Allow God to use those incredible experiences and emotions to motivate you to live differently. You don't have to be in Haiti for God to give you immense joy and indescribable peace. You don't have to be on a mission trip to be used by God in ways you never thought possible.
Tomorrow when you wake up, you are still on mission. And God is still on His throne. Praise be to Him from who all blessings flow!