It’s pretty crazy to think that it’s been over a year since I made my return to Austin. I came here simply because I felt like I needed to stop hopping from city to city, job to job, and start growing up. If that’s the only task, then why not live in a city you love?
I came here in a broken down car with no job and not many connections. God sent the Brimberry family to take me in, and gave me a job at a fancy electronics retailer which will remain unnamed.
It has not been an easy year. I’ve survived well below the poverty line, and had to humbly ask for help in the basic ways of providing for myself. It is hard to make friends, to make relationships at church and know what to do next. It still is.
So, I made it my goal to do what I can. Pay off my debt, (Done. Woohoo!), get back into graduate school (here), run a marathon (4:41:34), and find ways to serve. We often think of being faithful to God as striving after some goal he’s given us. The past year has been less about being faithful to a what, like some life goal, and more about being faithful to a where, doing the best with what I’ve got, here and now.
And it’s been fun. Learning more about this city. Getting back into swing dancing. Seeing shows with accordions and stand up basses and clarinets. Discovering hole in the wall restaurants and eating new things. Dancing in people’s kitchen. Learning about the unique way God is at work in Austin.
With a year behind me, I feel a strange itch. It could be that wanderlust that I moved here to conquer trying to get me to pack the bags again. Or it could be a sign that God has even more planned for a second year in Austin.
So, I’ll keep doing my best to be faithful to where I’m at. Thanks for being along for the ride.