Well, I am (unfortunately?) back in Texas. It’s nice to be back with regular access to cell service and computers, but the time away in the mountains had its perks: quiet, relaxation, family, friends, mountains, cool weather, etc.
Going back to the Y was weird. It was really good, but really weird. I haven’t been back there since August 7, 2010 — almost a year ago. Although it was all familiar and comfortable, it was also different. I belonged there, sort of. All the buildings were in the same place, but some of the furniture in the Admin has been rearranged. The mountains looked the same and the air had the same familiar smell, but the people there were different. While there were some familiar faces, there were also a bunch of new ones.
Like when I ate in the Spruce and Katy Welch didn’t greet me at the door. And the guy replacing the food on the line was not Barclay Bell. And the girl at the front desk wasn’t Alexandria Miller. The guy driving around in the B&G truck wasn’t Matt Beach. Allen Rivera wasn’t giving me ice cream at the Rustic, and Blanche Jacobson didn’t check out my stuff at the Craft Center. It was just weird.
Although LT 2010 seems like it just happened, in reality it’s been a year. 12 months. 365 days. And so much has happened in theat amount of time. As I sat in the Admin thinking back on all the conversations with various people I had there, I couldn’t help but think about how far I’ve come since the end of last summer.
This time last year…
- I didn’t know where I’d be going to grad school.
- I hadn’t planned a fall retreat. Or made enough food to feed 100 people at a Super Bowl party.
- I didn’t know Amanda, Ben and Breezy as well as I do now.
- I didn’t even know Katie, Michelle, Sam, Elaine and Allie existed.
- I couldn’t tell Jason and Kyle apart.
- I wasn’t as comfortable with sharing the gospel as I am now (though I’m still working on boldness for sure.)
- I actually had never flat-out shared the gospel.
- I hadn’t done canvas group follow-up.
- In fact, I hadn’t been a canvas group equipper.
- I had never led worship in canvas group.
- I hadn’t missed a Mizzou football game.
- I didn’t have a guitar.
- I hadn’t admitted several things to myself.
- I didn’t really think God could speak to me outside of reading the Bible and circumstances that just worked out a certain way.
- I hadn’t explored the idea or read about spiritual warfare.
- I didn’t really “get” the Holy Spirit. (Still working on understanding, but He’s making it clearer each day.)
- No one I was close to was married or had children.
- I didn’t have a degree in journalism.
- I thought I’d be going back to LT this summer.
- I had never seen more than a few inches of snow at once.
- I had never been to Ohio (in my cognizant memory.)
- I had never been on a mission trip.
- I had never been to Tennessee.
- I had never had a class with Jen Rowe.
- I had never lived in my own apartment.
- I had never carved a jack-o-lantern.
And of course those are just some of the random things I thought of at the time. So much more has happened, and all I can say is praise God!
A few weeks ago I was reading back through some old journals from the summer and last fall. There were several fears I was facing at the time, and it is amazing to see how God has worked through those fears and freed me of them!
So despite the fact that last summer seems like only moments ago, God has DONE WORK in the past twelve months. PTL.
And here are some photos. Because God made Colorado amazingly beautiful.