It’s October 2014 and I live in Washington, D.C. I’m a part of Redeemer City Church, I work from home, and I live only about an hour from my family in Maryland and my dear friends in Virginia. I’m just a short walk and metro ride away from almost any place I’d like to visit within my new city and I’m just a road trip away from visiting my favorite US city, which is Boston.
As I sat in church this past Sunday morning I had a bit of a deja vu moment; but I hadn’t experienced sitting in that moment before, so what was I feeling was familiar? My moment came from realizing that just a year ago I lived in SoCal, went to my CA “home” church, was a part of fantastic circles of friends and connected in community with fellow sojourners in the Christian life, worked in an office (with some amazing people, I’ll add!), used my car to get anywhere I needed to go and had to drop at least $400 and lots of vacation days to fly across the country to visit with my family and friends on the east coast. Not to mention, I haven’t been able to visit Boston since the summer of 2009.
Then I realized that I have been in this moment before – hence the deja vu. It was just 6 years ago (literally it was in October of 2008) that I sat in a chair at Copperhill Community Church and reminisced about how much my life had changed from the year before that. It was such a similar moment because I had just moved across the country about 4 months before I joined Copperhill (from Boston to Santa Clarita). I had similar thoughts of where I had come from, where I was working, the groups of friends and loved ones I had left, etc.
In my second October recollection moment it hit me that within a 7 year interval I’ve done a lot; including living in 3 different major cities. As I look back I’m so blessed to see the Lord’s faithfulness and also to see just how much he spoils the desires of my heart to travel and experience new things. When I was growing up I never imagined my life taking the turns that it has and as each new year passes I pray that I keep gratitude in the forefront of my mind.
Looking back, here are a few things that were going on this time in my life last year and memories I hold dear: