We have been traveling out of the country the last 12 days and man, does it feel good to be home. I will be writing about our amazing adventure to the Holy Lands a little bit later as I really need some time to process prayerfully everything I saw and experienced there.
We had some wonderful worship moments on our journey yet the long 14 hours airplane ride home and the time differences really jarred my body and soul.
I am tired, out of sorts and feel almost drugged with foggy thinking.
I missed my regular morning devotions with God.
I missed my family and longed to hear my kids’ voices and get those priceless hugs from grandkids.
I missed the comfort of my own snuggling bed.
One of the best things to do for physical jet lag is to rest and to drink more water. The same is true for spiritual jet lag – just rest in God’s arms, spend time with Him and drink in his wisdom and love.
Benjamin Button said this about coming home:
“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.”
I know our trip changed me internally, widen my worldview and deepened my faith. I also know God is unchanging and my anchor all the time for me, especially when I feel disoriented and fatigued.
And I am grateful he is my home.
Have you ever experience spiritual jet lag? What did you do to manage it?
Nancy Ruegg says
Beautifully written post, Jean. You don’t sound foggy-minded at all! The changes in you as a result of the trip will continue to unfold as you have a chance to meditate on all you learned and experienced. A trip to Israel is a gift that will keep on giving for the rest of your life, in the memories, the expanded understanding of scriptures, the images of Biblical locations, etc. I am SO glad you had the opportunity to go!
Jean Wise says
fooled you Nancy. Tuesday I was very very foggy but today feel more normal. Began to ponder and pray today – how did that trip change me spiritually? It was such a gift in so many ways. I am feeling blessed tonight with its memories.
Hi Jean, hope you enjoyed Israel. Whenever I come back from Israel, I try to focus on the spiritual moments that I experienced – that usually helps me through jet lag and other times as well.
Jean Wise says
Oh Irene, I really loved Israel – the history, the geography and of course the biblical settings. learned so much and left with a renewed and deeper commitment to pray for peace.