I follow 343 people on Instagram.
Of those 343 , I’d give a quick estimate that half of them live in either Pullman or Moscow, and many of them are very proud of their university and the city they live in, which prompts them to post a lot of pictures. Normally, I love seeing what’s going on in their lives and being a part of the things they’re up to.
But this week is hard.
This past Saturday was Freshman Move-In day for the dorms at WSU, and this whole coming week is dubbed “Week of Welcome” by the university.
So why is this hard for me?
Well, last year at this time, I was a wide-eyed transfer student, soaking in my new life as a student at Washington State University. I was on cloud nine.
This year, it’s different.
This year, I’m spending WSU’s Week of Welcome at home in Vancouver as I await Central Washington University’s start date.
Like any 19 year-old kid (young man?…nahhh) I’m on social media for – admittedly – a gross amount of time every day, so I see all these pictures, tweets, and Facebook posts about what some of my closest friends are doing in the town I fell in love with over the past year.
Like I said, it’s hard.
Over the past 54 weeks, I spent 45 of them living in deep community with these people that had such a profound impact on my life. Now, I’ve been ripped away from it and I’m forced to watch it develop from the outside as they throw dance parties, invite freshmen to join our crazy, Jesus-loving community, and spreading love by offering snowcones to everyone walking by.
I know that I’ll be doing all that and more over this next year in Ellensburg, but it still takes its toll to see what I’m missing out on right now.
Resonate is a disciple-making, multiplication-seeking, sending-focused church. And that means you don’t stay with those people forever. It’s the nature of what God calls us to. In Matthew 28, Jesus tells us to “GO,” and He doesn’t promise that it will be easy. There’s no guarantee of comfort or security in the great commission.
But it IS necessary. It IS a command. And it IS worth it.
Be praying for me over this coming week that I’ll have peace of mind, knowing that this experience is one that will produce a stronger desire to see the Hope of all hopes spread throughout the Central Washington campus like a wildfire.
I’ll update you all soon!