Something Completely Different: An End.

We woke the next morning (August 18th) and I made my getaway. Dan and I caught a taxi eighteen kilometers to Chinggis Khaan International Airport. I had my bag shrink-wrapped and I departed Daniel and Mongolian excitement at 11 AM. In that excitement, I had left my journal at the Mongolian BBQ restaurant and my toiletry bag at the hostel. It felt appropriate; I had left my meal in the hostel toilet. My journey home lasted 25 hours. That included a four-hour layover in Bejing, where I randomly enjoyed the comfort of the business class lounge. That meant I enjoyed as much free food and drinks as I wanted. I avoided the Mongolian barbeque. I also washed my face in the swank bathroom.

Apparently, my ticket from Bejing to Washington D.C. was business class. That meant the most comfortable seat in which I had ever flown, more delicious free food, and serious personal entertainment. Full from an extra serving of cheesecake, I watched Star Trek and The Soloist in the dark cabin, taking a break to peer into the blinding sunlight on the Alaskan coast as we crossed the International Date Line. It was a Tuesday lasting 36 hours. I caught up on stateside news in Dulles International, and minutes before the day ended, I landed in Columbia, SC. And now for something completely different. My family welcomed me at the security gate and I enjoyed hugs all around.

Wednesday I slept-in, unpacked, got my teeth cleaned, and received a speeding ticket (an expensive one at that, since my wallet and license were in Ohio with David). Welcome back to America. The next day I started another semester of college classes. That weekend I moved into my apartment I share with three other guys on campus. The month following has been a blur of classes, friendships, work, and countless other readjustments. I think this was the best approach, since I had no opportunity to feel down, suddenly stationary after three and a half months of the greatest adventure of my life. In a way, the adventure has only continued but in a new way. It’s true for all of us. God traveled with us in Europe and Asia; God continues to accompany us back in the States. The adventures change but God, Who was so faithful to protect and reveal His glory over such an incredibly full summer, remains the same.

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. [You see us when we drive 20,000 miles and when we train across Russia. You see me when I study for a sociology exam and when I enjoy college football games.] You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:1-7)

I hope you have enjoyed following along with this extraordinary journey and have been as encouraged as I have by God’s constant provision and guidance for just four college kids trying to see the world. It certainly is a wonderful place. I’m out. Peace.


One Response to “Something Completely Different: An End.”

  1. Ray Miller says:

    Thanks Matt for your postings. I enjoyed following your travels, made a little more personal by having a conversation with your parents this summer in OH. Make sure we get to see you when you come up to visit your Grandpa.

    Ray Miller

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