I have lived in Lynchburg, VA for 10 months. This might not seem long compared to having lived in Fort Mill, SC for 10 years. In these past 10 months I have a learned a lot about myself and what it is like to leave your hometown.
One thing that I have learned is that you leave a part of your heart in your hometown. This is the town I grew up in. I know all the places in the town from where is the best food to eat depending on my craving to if someone names a street I know exactly where it is. But these aren’t the things that truly makes me miss my hometown. I started to miss the people that I knew when I lived there. I had lived in the town for so long that when I went to certain place, like Walmart, it was almost inevitable to see someone I knew.
The second thing I have learned is that life moves on in your hometown without you. At first it is hard to see pictures of events going on that you probably would have went to if you still lived there. It’s also different when you go back to visit your hometown. It easy to tell how things have changed since you left. I went to my old church one morning, and I realized that I recognized only a small amount of people there. It can be hard to see your friends from your hometown. You realize how crucial it is to soak in these few minutes or hours you have with them, because you know you won’t see them again for a couple months.
But your life moves on as well. God had me move for a reason, and now looking back I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I have made friendships with people that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I now attend a college that I love. With Liberty there is always something to do, and there are activities here that I haven’t even tried yet. This area has made me a better person, and moving has grown my faith that God knows what he is doing.
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
- “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
- “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” ~Isaiah 43:19 NIV
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