I distinctly remember a lot of what happened during freshman international orientation. I still say hi to people on a regular basis that I really only met during that week. Something like that one week, where most everyone is new to the country and culture, bonds people together. International orientation in 2013 was also when I first met Hannah, who was an MK from North Africa.
We ended up having PCM (Practical Christian Ministry) together that first year, and living on the same floor for two years as well. Her and I, along with Kaitlyn and Michelle somehow stuck together as the "Fantastic 4" (not sure when that name came along), and what started as a freshman connection has lasted into our senior year. All four of us don't necessarily see each other very often, and have different friend groups, but we all know that we've got each other's backs when it comes down to it, and make sure to get together at least once during the semester.
The Lord answered many prayers for friendships here at Moody. Hannah is one of those gifts from the Father! We don't get all that much time together anymore, so a spontaneous trip to a new coffee shop today together was a sweet adventure.
As my "Moody career" comes to a close in December, I want to take the advice of a pastor who came to speak at chapel this week. Pastor Choi told us to take time to reminisce and see how God has worked in the past, to remember "our first love" of Christ, and let our hearts be changed by the longings we have for closeness with Him and the memories we have of His goodness.
I'll be doing a couple of these blog posts in the coming months that look back at how I've seen the Lord in these past three years at Moody. Senior year crept up somehow, and I want to take moments to pause and reflect on this unique time of college life. God's mercies are new each day, and I never want to forget that.