I’m in FL right now. I flew here on Tuesday and fly back to TX next Tuesday. I’m visiting my best friend, who is going through some tough stuff, and also getting to see our church family here.
I remember the first time I came home after leaving for college. I only went to a college about 30 minutes from my home town, but when I came home after a couple of weeks at school I remember being surprised. Home wasn’t the same anymore. Yes, my younger sister had taken over my room, but it was more than that. My life wasn’t there anymore, and they’re life was going on without me.
Last summer, RC and I returned to Gainesville for the first time since we had left 1.5 yrs before. Again, I was surprised. I had expected the church in Gainesville to always sort of be “home”. Yet, our life wasn’t there anymore, and they’re life had gone on without us.
This visit has been better, just as going home during college became a new normal. It is hard when things change, but it is also good when it is because we are staying in step with the Lord. There are some saints left in Gainesville that I “grew up” with. We began learning how to Live by the Lord’s life together, and it was a precious time. Whenever we get together, we just pick up right where we left off. It’s nice. It’s familiar. It’s a reprieve in our world of constant new people and new places. No, Gainesville isn’t home anymore, but Gainesville is still Family.
And Family is for eternity.