The question “Where are you from?” is easy enough for most people, but my kids never know how to answer. Their mother is American, but their dad is Salvadoran. They were born in San Salvador, but grew up in Turkey. Here in Turkey, they’re foreign kids, but in America, they’re kids who grew up overseas.
Sometimes we don’t know where we belong. For 14 years, Turkey has been our home, yet last year we returned to America for 9 months. About the time we got used to life there, it was time to turn around and come back here. We’re delighted to be back, but I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Our tongues are slower to speak Turkish, and our car feels foreign driving in this traffic that unravels me all over again.
You don’t have to move overseas to feel foreign.
Moving to a new city can make you feel like an outsider, especially when your children struggle to find friends and adapt to a new school. Even if you spend your whole life in the same place, seeking to live out your faith in our non-Christian culture can make you feel like an alien. You might feel alone as the only believer at your job…
Follow this link to join me over at My Messy Desk to find out what can give us courage and hope when we feel out of place. My friend Liz Giertz encourages women to study the Word with her Word Nerd Wednesdays series. Today I’m writing on “Citizen.”