For the first time in a long time, I have so many words to say that I’m not quite sure where to start. So I’ll start here. (I guess it’s as good of a place as any.)
Today was an incredible day. I got up went to a great job for a company that is doing good around the world and had the pleasure of interacting with talented and supportive co-workers and friends. Lunchtime came and I got pho-to-go (actually it was bun but that doesn’t have the same ring to it, now does it?) After work, I introduced a dear friend to the luxury of a pedicure and the deliciousness of Bear Flag Fish Company.
Yes, today was an incredible day.
Life is rich. And I am blessed.
But the last nine months have been hard.
When I packed up all my things to move to California, I was braced and ready for the challenge. A loss of the people, places, and things I held most dear coupled with a discovery of a new culture, a new home, a new church, and a new job. Yep, the challenge still managed to knock me on my rear end.
Hard, yet necessary.
I have learned much about myself, about solitude, about community, and about things I haven’t even learned that I’ve learned quite yet.
Over the last few months, I started to sense this adventure was meant to be a short-ish one.
So when I got a phone call from Ben Greene about an opportunity IN NASHVILLE to join the work that FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY is doing and MOBILIZE SPEAKERS, AUTHORS, AND OTHER STORYTELLERS TO GO TO THE HARD PLACES AND BRING HOPE AND HELP TO THE CHILDREN, I perked up. I explored the possibility that sounds like THE BEST JOB EVER. And when the job offer came, I jumped, I shouted, and I accepted.
This is my next right step. I know it. While zig-zagging across the country once again might seem a little whacky or sideways to some, I know it is just perfect, for me, for now.
So that’s my bittersweet news.
Bitter because it is the end of an awesome adventure and bitter because I will have to say goodbye to some precious friends. Sweet because by God’s grace I get to live and work in the flow of the Spirit and sweet because I AM GOING HOME.
“God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace – it is for us to live by grace. God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded, and energized by the grace of God. To live in grace is to flow in the Spirit.” John Ortberg, The Me I Want To Be
Thank you for your ongoing friendship and support. It means the world to me.