Last night I went to a birthday party.
It was around a 20 minute walk there.
I met my second host family along the way.
It was up in the woods.. there`s a snazzy little gathering place.
The entire walk, I practiced saying this birthday greeting...
Very nice people.
I enjoyed myself.
They didn`t mind my horrible German and laughed along with me as I tried to make myself understood.
Around 5 of them had been exchange students before, so they understood.
One even went to Roosevelt High School of Seattle.
The food was good.
Some people smoked illegal drugs.
There was no alcohol.
And we walked home.
And I went straight to bed.
And woke up at 3:00 AM.
I was hot and had a horrible stomach ache.
I felt sick.
I felt nauseated.
I changed into lighter clothes.
I was sure I was going to throw up.
I almost woke up my host parents... but decided not to.
Then, I did all I could do. I knew I couldn`t fall back asleep, so I opened up my Bible.
We don`t just call him the Comforter for nothing...
I opened it randomly to 2 Samuel 22:3-7.
I read it over and over and over.... espeically verse 7.
"In my distress I called to the Lord:
I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
My cry came to his ears."
Over and over and over I said it.
I prayed it.
I was comforted to know that he would be there with me when I really needed him and that he was with me through this entire year.
I didn`t have my mom or dad to comfort me over here when I was sick... but he did. I fell asleep with my Bible on my pillow and my head right beside it.
God really is the best Comforter... although I would have given anything to get a hug from my mom at that moment. I felt so alone. So miserable.
In the morning I slept in till 12:00.
I`m still a bit on the edge... but I`m drinking a lot of water.