This past weekend, I talked my husband into stopping in Asheville on his way to Charlotte for work. I was excited to see some of our old friends and worship at our old church. What I didn’t expect was a renewed spirit and perspective.
From the moment we were driving through the mountains (man how I miss those beautiful things), I felt at peace. Even though we’ve only been gone for two months, it feels like years. We spent most of our time with our friends Chris and Lynn and their two little boys, Koa and Kai. (Seriously, two of the cutest little boys you’ll ever see.) We drove by our old house, stopped to talk to our former neighbor (who is absolutely incredible) and enjoyed a night in my favorite place the city has to offer – downtown. Some of my favorite hi-lights were going to church and seeing our old youth group kids, worshipping with our church family and seeing the boys being loved on by the amazing volunteers in the children’s ministry. In a way it felt like we had never left.
These moments we experienced were simply amazing and exactly what I needed. But what I drove away with a few days later was more than just memories to get me through until my next visit. I found a sense of renewed hope. I have allowed my current situation and season in life to dictate my every day thoughts, actions and words. It’s hard moving to a new place where you don’t have a community around you or a church that feels like family. But, as I was walking through my days in Asheville, God reminded me that I’ve been through a season like this before. I’ve been the new person in a new city. He provided for me then and He will provide for me now. I just need to trust and hope in Him.
The entire time I was visiting my beloved city of Asheville, I never once felt as if I were home. Yes, I love the city and the people and the memories we’ve created there as a family, but I know it’s not home. Nashville is now home. And for the first time since moving here I can honestly say I am excited about it. I am excited about living here, raising my boys here, finding a community here, and getting plugged into a church where we can serve. It all takes time and that’s okay. God has never failed me and He won’t start now.