a journal of my journey

Not goodbye, but Until We See Each Other Again

Tomorrow at 1 p.m. the adventure truly begins with my flight departing San Jose and landing in Philly late tomorrow night. Its been a weird week as everything has taken an attitude like I am on death row or something. Not only because my mom was getting me every food that I wanted but as I was driving to Nor Cal I was thinking “this is the last time…” for everything. As I was driving back to my in laws tonight I was pondering several verses in my head.

 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. – Matthew 10:37-29

The others revolved around the idea of “following me”. Let me be plain and honest. New Jersey is not my first choice, but nothing was short of Maui or something in Southern California (Pasadena, Santa Barbara, and Orange County) would gave met my preconceived ideas. I am not going to New Jersey with reservations but with excitement to see what is going to happen to me in the coming years. What type of person would I be if I denied God’s call on my life. The word is hypocritical. As one who has accepted a calling, my life is not my own, but rather an extension of my faith. Far too many people have faith when its convenient. But is that true faith? Probably not. Faith is combination of belief and action. We are called to act out our faith. It is that action that calls my family and I to the east coast. 

Sure there are things that I am sad about as I prepare for my plane tomorrow. I will miss heading Mongolian BBQ runs, Deep fry parties, and other strange antics. The last couple of days I have realized that I have lived in Southern California for the better part of my adult life and don’t know what it is to be an adult without running around with Donald and Eric. Or maybe text exploding Alicia’s phone… oh wait I can still do that. Should be interesting. In todays society it is so much easier to be a part of peoples lives across the country due to facebook and everything else. Don’t worry you will be cyber stalked.

While there are many things to miss there is so much more to look forward to. I was threatened by Woody’s mom at my ordination that if it goes to my head she will come out and hurt me. Tomorrow as I am flying east the couple weeks of saying goodbye to everyone was not really goodbye but rather thank God that you were put in my life and though our relationship will change you will not be unfriended”. 

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