I love to travel and visit new cities. After a few days of immersing myself in the atmosphere and culture of the city, I ask myself, “Could I live here?” Perhaps it is premature and naive to think that a few hours or days in a completely foreign city would be enough to assist me in making a decision that could radically change my life. There are several cities that have captured my heart and the reasons are as varied as the locations. Some cities beguile me with stunning scenery, others entice me with delectable food, and a few envelop me with its rich history.
Yet, there is one critical element that must be present in every city before I will even consider it making it my home. Having lived in four different states in America and visited over a dozen countries, I can emphatically state that it was always the people I met in each city that was the tipping point. I would never limit it to a casual encounter with a stranger or a random interaction with a tour guide or hotel concierge. No, these are too contrived, too artificial. What mattered were real conversations, the sharing of life experiences and shared aspirations. These transcended any language or cultural barriers and vividly transformed the city into a home.
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
Psalms 133:1 (ESV)
God used a Korean-American man to bring to me to Him. We were polar opposites in our culture and worldviews. I was an atheist, he was a devout Christian. He was a first generation Korean-American, I was a third generation Japanese-American. Yet, God brought us together and after moving to three different states, I later returned to Southern California where I now live. There were many reasons but an important one was the lasting friendship I made with this brother in Jesus Christ.
Could I live here?
It does not matter where I live, so long as I have brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.