Yesterday was an interesting day for me. A day of many questions. I was taking part on a training day on how to integrate International students in our Christian unions at Universities. As part of the day, I had to stand in front of a bunch of English people and been asked difficult questions about my own cross-cultural struggles in the country. Not an easy thing to do for me.
As the day finished, I left a little bit confused between the things I like and dislike about my own culture, about UK. Feeling a little bit lost somewhere in the middle. Then I met with a friend who is going back to her country after some years in London. She doesn’t know what to expect about her life there and was asking me what she should do to prepare herself. “Come to our training session”, I said not very confidently. Because, after all, I know that I’m right now in the same place than her, wondering what to expect about my life in Spain in a little while.
Just if the day hadn’t been challenging enough, I went with this friend to the International Café at our church. There I had the opportunity to talk with two other Koreans and one Japanese girl. We shared about our lives in London and back home. Then we heard a talk about heaven and a question (another one) was asked: what do you have to do to go to heaven? To which, the Japanese girl replied with even another question: why would you want to go to heaven? Now, you might think that I was fed up of questions at that time of the day. It was, indeed, a challenging day. But of all the questions I was asked yesterday, this last one was the best and could probably answer all the others. Why would I want to go to heaven? There were two reasons I could think of, trying to put all my thoughts and emotions of the day together. The first one is because there won’t be more goodbyes. No struggles, no tears, no separations, no pain. The second one is that I will meet someone I’ve been long waiting for. And when I meet him face to face, I will be able to say: thank you, Jesus. I’m longing for that moment. That’s why I want to go to heaven.