Over a year ago now I was walking in a town I had never visited before and enjoying the beautifully old row houses as I spoke with God. This walking and speaking to God is my thing and yet on this day things were different. I felt God's voice inside me calling me to NYC. This was weird, I had never lived in New York City before and I had pledged never again to go back to Atlanta where the hustle and traffic was just too much for me. But less then a year later I was moving to NYC and today I sit in my new dinning room overlooking my very small yard and am overwhelmed how God works in my life.
My life hasn't been easy. My journey as a leader in ministry hasn't been either. People don't like change and they don't like agents of change. People outside the church don't like Christians and they stereotype us into uneducated and often lesser for believing. People who are different, LGBTQ community especially, hide their true selves from "Christians" because of past hurts. And so it is a lonely job.
I stand in awe of how God has worked in my life. How God has offered me opportunities and provide communities for us along the way. We were sad to leave our YMCA community because they had offered us companionship and friendship along the way. Yet we are surrounded by a caring community here that has truly embraced us. Our new jobs aren't easy either, yet the Spirit is working in us and through us.
Life is a journey. There are times in our lives when we take chances - chances to run races we thought were impossible; chances to move mountains and chances to embrace change. Not every time an opportunity has come our way have we responded, not all have felt right or in God's will. Yet when I have, or we as a couple have, taken those leaps we have found God's grace offers us strength and courage.
We are excited about where this new journey is leading us and I hope to keep blogging to share God's grace and mercy.