Week Seven: NYC

I will be back in Alabama in five days. In nine days my senior year of college will begin. The end of the summer and the beginning of the semester are going to blur together.

My time is New York is practically over. My internship projects will wrap up in a couple of days, my articles are written, my evaluations are completed. I have seen almost every sight on my list, I have lived in two different boroughs, I have been on nearly every subway line, spent afternoons in Central Park, frequented a local coffee shop, made friends with co-workers and roommates... I have lived in New York City for two months.

I will write a wrap-up, farewell to the city post next week when I'm sitting on my back porch.

For now, I will be content with just saying that I have been challenged in the best ways this summer. I have been shown grace and been guided to learn new things.

I feel the same in many ways. I don't think that experiences can ever change you more than you're willing to be changed, but I will leave New York with a fresh perspective on myself.

New York won't miss me when I leave. There will be thousands of new interns flooding the city just like I did two months ago. But when I leave New York, I will take conversations, people, ideas, thoughts, memories and a summer back with me. And the new interns will have new experiences and New York will be different for them than it was for me.

New York isn't my idea of a perfect place. It is dirty and broken and it can lie about what it truly is- in need of grace and renewal.

Just like all of us.

Just like me.

God has used this place and this time to show me that even more and I won't ever forget how He took me to the seemingly biggest, and brightest city in America to show me how much the biggest, and brightest person in the universe loves me.

Isn't that amazing?

"When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, and I realize just how beautiful You are, and how great Your affections are for me. Oh, how He loves us all." (How He Loves)