The last couple of days I’ve been sitting outside on the patio a lot. The weather’s been too nice not to. Sitting out there reminds me of many-a-Friday morning in West Palm. For a portion of the time I worked at Christ Fellowship, I had Fridays off. I would normally get up, make coffee and then go sit on the patio to work on my Bible study and read. I sometimes got scared in by the heat, or the creepy squirrel that liked to taunt us by running back and forth on the fence, occasionally stopping to stare and make weird sounds. This morning as I sat outside multiple times, I found myself missing West Palm.
In no particular order, here are some of the things I thought of…
Today, I am missing…
- My friends.
- My church.
- The super-fun job I had in Student Ministries at Christ Fellowship. (What?! You mean the thought of planning camps and events for middle and high school students doesn’t sound “super-fun” to you?)
- Fridays off.
- The abundance of pretty hibiscus plants.
- Palm trees.
- Weekly lunches with Mrs. Hobbie.
- The closeness of the beach.
- Surfing with my friends.
- Lots of eating establishments…like One Thai, Saito’s, CR Chicks, Tropical Smoothie, Tulipan, Food Shack, Russo’s.
- Hot stone pedicures at Christine’s.
- Coffee with Deirdra.
- Impromptu parties/BBQs at the Kuhl’s house.
- The college life (that’s now 9+ years history….yikes. I’m still holding on to the dream of all my friends and our families living in our own gated community with a cul-de-sac. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this dream.)
- My little house…the first and only one that I’ve owned. Where all my stuff filled the cabinets and closets. (Now, a year-and-a-half later, most of my stuff still fills boxes which fill my parents’ garage and my sister’s attic. Sorry!)
As much as I am missing it today, I am still certain that God has me here, in Orlando, for a reason. He’s been gracious, kind and faithful to show me some of those reasons along the way. And, for now, I continue to walk forward, asking Him to keep showing me the next right steps and asking Him to give me the faith to trust and be content where He’s asked me to be for now.