I want to be faithful in blogging every week - whether it's something Christ has done here, something I've been pondering, or just a a plain story about my week. This week's post falls under the latter. :)
I moved this week. I moved to a new apartment. I have new keys. When I leave my apartment I try to grab the doorknob to close it but my hand comes up empty because it's not where I am used to it being. The doorknob here is in the middle of the door. And the door to the front of my apartment building slams if you don't close it yourself. I wonder how many more times I will let it slam before I get it? I have a new phone number. I have a new router with a new password. I opened up a new bank account here. I have a new debit card with a new pin number. I have a new view out my window. New places to walk. New people to meet. Absolutely everything here is new. New for me, at least.
I met Angela, who owns the fruit store in town. I met Julian, who owns the Hardware store. I met Laura, a lady who has a little stand of candy and snacks. She and her husband have been married for 52 years...she was born and raised in this town. Emilio is the guy who opened my bank account and has been super helpful in getting everything set up online. These are the names of the new people in my life.
Sometimes I like new. Sometimes I don't. When I was making all of those trips back and forth to the car I didn't like new. When I skyped with my parents for the first time over my new internet connection I liked new. When I couldn't have my morning coffee because I didn't yet have groceries in my new apartment I didn't like new. But when I woke up yesterday and was sitting on my newly covered couch sipping coffee, thanking God for providing everything - I liked new. When I got blocked out of my bank account online because I kept messing up the password I didn't like new. But when I take my daily walk around the town and pray for God to reveal Himself to these people -- I like new.
I would imagine most people can't decide if they like new or not.
2 Corinthians 3:18: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
I guess it's better to like new than not like new...since newness is the business of Christ.
Maybe I should keep pondering these things over supper in a new restaurant. Maybe I can try something new, meet someone new, experience something new. I'm hungry.....that's nothing new.