Threw on my new Nike shoes and went on a run in the early morn. A slight mist covered me as I ran. Then it changed. A downpour. I was soaked and thoroughly enjoyed it. People at the square (*park) looked at me inquisitively as if to ask, "How could you be smiling? It's raining and you're drenched." Yup. That's right. I'm an Oregonian.
I showered and got ready for my first day of classes. I started to become giddy inside. Summer courses are the most fun. Tutors (*professors) give up their summers to teach. They sincerely want to be there. And so do I! Andrew Whitehead (one of my tutors) worked at the BBC as editor for years. He knew his stuff. We talked about Brexit and the reason behind the withdraw. He made the information and history about the European system friendly and understandable. He is definitely in my top three favorite teachers of all time. And it's only the first day!
Continued on to the dorm to recollect my thoughts. I decided to go and try the well-renowned fish and chips restaurant here in London called Fryers Delight. The fish and chips were very, very filling. I'm also not use to so much oil in my food. Besides that, I bet they were one of the best in the area!
Next up was watching the football (*soccer) match of Iceland vs England. I had a perfect location picked out and photographs of the directions. I got lost. I mean really lost. I walked for over two hours and somehow made it to Buckingham Palace. Beautiful by the way.
At that point, I just wanted to get back. Walking and asking for directions, I made it back two hours later. So, if I do my math right, that's four hours of walking. Tired. Exhausted. I still had to plan for tomorrow. We are going to Wimbledon. Exciting right? However, I needed to buy breakfast ahead of time since we are leaving so early. I ran down to the market before it closed. I decided to treat myself to a raspberry cider. Went to checkout and they wouldn't let me buy it without having my passport. Really? I don't look 18 (drinking age here)? I admitted God probably knew what I needed then...and it probably wasn't alcohol.
Going back I felt infuriated about the past couple of hours. I pushed myself to the max. I wasn't looking forward to writing this post because I knew it would be pessimistic. I avoided it by scrolling through my emails.
Coming across one that read: "You have been awarded a Graduation Incentive Grant for the 2016-2017 school year." I thought it was a joke. Or a scam. Checked. Double-checked. My jaw dropped. I saw $10,000 applied to my account. I've never been so blessed financially than I have in these past two years. God has done some spectacular things! Just as I was worrying over my finances being here (cost of living is so high) He gives me another gift. Yet again, I shouldn't worry. God is my Father and He looks after my needs.
I just balled. He knows me so well. A tough day. Trying to be conscientious about finances I didn't take mass transit back (saving money) and got blisters. His reminder that He is my provider and to take care of myself. Even small things like blisters...He cares about! My memory is like quicksand. I'll need another reminder tomorrow and the next day and the next. Thank goodness God is gracious, loving and patient!
*I will continually make references in the verbiage they use in London. I will include the equivalent in American terms.