“…five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?
~ Seasons of Love, Rent
How do you celebrate leaving everything familiar, paring down possessions to the essentials and must-haves to weigh no-more than a total of 150 lbs, and move it all 8000 miles away? I’m not sure, I’ll let you know when I figure that out. However, I do know how to thank God for bringing new friends and community into my life.
Highlight # 2 – Community
I’ve learned over the last few years that God has given me a different idea of home than most other people. For me to feel at home depends upon whether or not I am part of a community instead of identifying with a particular geographical location. Its about people not a place.
As the song from Rent says, you can measure a year
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
Those sunsets and midnights are only special enough to be counted when they are shared with someone. Cups of coffee and laughter are made even more noteworthy when they are enjoyed with a friend.
I despaired a bit of having real friendships when I came, because of the awesome community of friends and family I had worked so hard to develop back in the States. I don’t know why I worried, because God has (as usual) proven Himself to be so faithful to provide me with what I need. It has taken
forever awhile, but in the last few months I’ve met some great new friends, and people who had been ‘just acquaintances’ have become very dear.
Living in my sweet spot, becoming part of a community. Yes indeed, its been a very good year.