When one starts on a journey it is important to have a destination in mind, and the best one is home. It is good to spend time away seeing what is happening in the rest of the world. You get the chance to see that not everything is like you or about you. Most of all, you learn to appreciate home.
I had no idea where this journey would lead when I started it in January of 2019. It has taught me much about myself and what I think of things. I have learned important things about traveling. Number one, have a plan. Know where you are going or what the purpose of going is.
By dissecting this thing called a journey, I was able to look at it from different aspects. Things like how you get there, what you take,who you take with you all affect the journey. Those type of things can make it memorable or disastrous.
I met people who don’t look like me or think like me. Sometimes my journey was about someone else.
I know now why I love home. Every home is different and usually caters to its residents. Hopefully it is a sanctuary where you find peace from the outside world. And it is dressed in love like painted walls. At the end of your journey, I hope you find yourself in a place that is full of hope, love, peace and joy.
So I missed the seminar where you were supposed to pick a word for the year, but I have enjoyed hearing your stories of what you learned about the words you chose. If I had to pick a word for 2018 it would have been trust.
This year God has taught me that putting my trust in Him is the best way to live. I could not depend on circumstances, I had to depend on God. Regardless of the situation, I had to remind myself of what I knew to be true of God even though I could not see it.
As I packed up and moved across the country, I had to trust that God knew what He was doing. I had to believe that I was capable of what He called me to. It was not easy, but it was worth it. In the process, I have discovered a God who knows me better than I know me. He knows things I am capable of that I have not discovered yet. He knows exactly when to bring it out of me. It is seldom when I want it, but it is always right on time.
God’s timing is always perfect. I haven’t always thought so, but I have what I need when I need it. I mean when the bus is late or I miss the train, I am not thinking, “Thank you, Lord.” But when the money runs out and the bills are due, I have found He is faithful to me in all things.
Another thing I learned through this process is that He is preparing me through these circumstances for things to come. I realize I won’t be in this situation forever, so I better appreciate what I have while I have it. I appreciate a city that has a public transportation system which makes it possible not to have a car. I love the city where millions of people love the city for millions of different reasons. It is a place where people say please, thank you and be safe.
I stepped outside my comfort zone and rode a train for 24 hours. ( I don’t use public restrooms, so holding it for 24 hours is almost impossible with an old lady bladder. Aging is not for the faint of heart.) It was a fun experience that I will try again. This year has opened me up to new adventures.
My word for 2019: Journey. It means an act or instance of traveling from one place to another. To go on a journey. I am going places.
Truth is we are all going somewhere. Some of us just enjoy it. I don’t know where 2019 will lead you, but I hope you enjoy the journey. Know that it won’t last forever.
Peace and Hair Grease