Have I mentioned lately that I love the women I'm living with right now? They are so godly and are teaching me so much about trusting in God's timing, a lesson I'm finding harder and harder to put into practice.
As much as I love living with these ladies, I can't get over the commute. Over thirty minutes to get to my current job at a coffee shop. Exactly thirty to get to the place I interview at tomorrow, and thirty-five to get to where I interviewed at today. So why am I working/looking for jobs so far away? These places are all in South Minneapolis. I wish I could describe to you why I am so drawn to this area. Let me start with my commute. Everyday I go into the city, my first fifteen minutes are listening to John Piper and traffic-weaving. Then, I round the corner by exit 25 and the startling skyline of downtown Minneapolis greets me. The towering skyscrapers are my goal as I coax my little Ford Focus up to 70 to get past a big truck. Just when I could exit right to get to those skyscrapers, I instead stay left to take 55 to skirt around the craziness. A few blocks south and east, I turn right, and there I enter another world. Suddenly, most people I see aren't the same color as me. Houses are bright colors, driving takes on a fight-for-survival feel, and life slows down. I wouldn't walk alone in Powderhorn at night, but during the day Latino families stroll down the sidewalks and shops sell Halal meat and special rices. Signs are in Spanish and English and/or Arabic or Amharic. There is also need in this area. One neon sign on my way to work proclaims "Metal detectors sold here." Some houses are unkempt, and it's not uncommon to see a person holding a cardboard sign asking for food or money.
Diversity meets need. My passions (cultures and languages) meet my desire (to help those in need). This is why I want to live in South Minneapolis, and that is why, as much as I love my roommates, I want to move soon to a house in South Minneapolis to live with other wonderful girls from my church. I'm ready to stay put in one place for a few years. I'm ready for stability, and I'm ready to have a neighborhood to call home and share Jesus with. Pray with me that all of this happens in God's perfect timing.