It is that time of year, my friends. Change is happening all around us. It is not like change does not happen at any time of the year; but, it especially happens now. Students are graduating. Real life is starting. Dorms are being emptied. Leases are being signed. Scholarships are being settled. Schedules are being finalized.
There is a spark in the air of something new being right around the corner. New experiences, new friends, new burdens, new blessings.
This is my favorite time of year. Change.
I used to be afraid of it. Then I craved it.
I hate leaving people behind and letting things go. But, oh, how I love to explore new grounds. I love packing all of my things away in as few bags as possible without a concrete idea of where I will unpack them. I like seeing what is actually important in my life and what I can leave behind. I am secretly proud that I can fit everything I hold dear in my car, capable of driving off alone into new territory.
Except I am not alone. Yeah, I am capable of moving by myself. But, this time I do not have to. I have friends making this transition with me. Friends who will be studying with me and serving with me. This time, I will not be on new ground (like last summer, with an entirely different country beneath my feet). No, I will be returning to a city that has been my home at many different points in my life for many different reasons. I will not be on new ground, but I will still be exploring. Meeting new people and finding what nuances of life speak to them that I never before noticed. And sharing with them what I treasure about this life that I am blessed with.
I am so excited for what life has in store. For what God has planned for my immediate future. [not to mention whatever might come after that]