Katie and I are having a wonderful time in California. Every day has been packed meeting people in the morning, then for lunch, dinner and evenings as well.
We’ve been staying with Dave and Naida, our very good friends that spoke at our Sunday School some months back. When Dave and I are together, I feel like we can spend hours talking; it’s like no time has passed between us. I feel like we’re constantly sharpening each other discussing the Bible and practices in the church. It’s been great for me to be able to share things with him from WCC and get an outside, objective opinion.
Tuesday night we surprised the home Bible study I used to lead. It was great to see a lot of the same people as well as some new people. Dave leads a Bible study on Thursday night that I also used to teach, and he invited me to lead it like old times. A number of our very good friends were in attendance. Friday night we spent the evening with Pastor Joe and his family. He promised me (again) he would visit Woodland! They said they’re going to make it up this summer. I told him we go to camp twice, so maybe he could join us for that. Actually, I’ve told a number of people about our summer camps and invited them to join us. Last night (Saturday) was Grace Baptist’s annual Christmas dinner where Katie and I were invited to provide an update on our ministry at WCC.
Seeing all these great people has been bittersweet as you can imagine. It’s wonderful to see everyone, but it will be a pain saying goodbye to them again. A number of times in Paul’s letters he talked about the longing he had to see other believers (Rom 1:11, 15:32). I think visiting California sort of gives me an idea what that was like for him. In many ways, all of this makes me more excited about heaven, because that’s when we’ll finally be united with all the great friends and family we’ve come to know in this life.
Despite how enjoyable things have been, California isn’t our home anymore. We’re looking forward to getting back to our friends and family in Woodland (aka: each of you). Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.