Dear Framily (friends who are family),
I am deeply thankful for the ways in which you’ve willingly journeyed with me these past three years. I’ve used this blog to reflect on a season in life that transformed the way that I see myself in this world. These past three years, this blog provided a space for me to share the ways in which my faith, community, and experiences in the city challenge the way I see the world. In the process, I have found rhythms in my life that give space for my passions to flourish.
Three years ago before moving to Houston, all I had was my yes and my curiosity to guide me into Mission Year. I did not know that taking this course would give me the words to dream about my future. Now, much of how I want to spend my time is shaped by the rhythms I learned in Houston --- by learning alongside others and practicing it daily. Somewhere in the middle of it all, I wrestled with the fear of forgetting or growing apathetic towards what I was seeing. When I weighed out my fears in light of all that God was doing around me, my commitment to keep moving in the direction where I feel most connected with God, myself, and the world deepened.
Scripture tells us that God’s Word is a lamp on our feet and a light on our path. This verse (Psalm 119) has encouraged me to focus on where I am now and trusting that light to make the path clear as I take steps forward. Of course, there are moments where I would love to know the details of tomorrow and every day after. In this transition, I’m reminded that a little lamp doesn’t illuminate an entire room, but it shines just enough for me to be present to the now moments. What I mean by being present to the now moments is taking the time to savor the things that are happening around me. I want to be someone who pays attention to the beauty of life around me and be willing to slow down in order to tend to the pain that it may bring with it. I want to worry less about tomorrow and with open hands, say a firm YES to right now, even if "now" doesn't unfold neatly. It reminds me that God is faithful to show me where I need to be today and that same faithfulness will be there tomorrow.
What I'm seeing now is a beautiful opportunity to continue to invest myself and keep growing from Chicago. I'm excited to be diving deeper into the desires that I've had and discovered during my time in Houston. I get to work with some of the most passionate and loving people, share Mission Year's story and encourage others as they discern through how to love God and people better, and pursue a lifestyle of justice. I'm also excited to lead short-term mission trip opportunities in our cities and learn alongside people from all over the United States.
I'm really excited for this next season. I trust that there is something that Chicago will teach me that I'll remember. I'm excited to invest, learn, and grow in the city. I'm excited to let go, and naturally let life lay down roots in rich soil without a time limit.
I hope you'll join me for the life journey. Life is moving....and so will my blog. Now that my time with Mission Year is shifting, I will be launching a brand new blog where I'm challenging myself to process through things that I'm passionate about from a different angle. Stay tuned for more.
Talk to you soon!
P.S. If you'd like to continue to be a part of the journey and support my move to Chicago, I created a Target (graduation one, because graduation, weddings, or babies are the only reason for getting gifts ;)!) registry and a GoFundMe to help offset the costs of the move.