Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Connections in Chicago

It seems to me that I never know who I might see in Chicago-land. This is a unique place where people somehow magically appear. But really, I've gotten to see some pretty wonderful people, very randomly, in this city. I love that this is a hub that friends visit; and when my worlds collide, it's pretty much my favorite.

Yesterday was one of those days that was a wonderful collision of worlds. Back in December, I met someone on campus who was doing some filming for a Moody project. When she heard I was from Czech, she told me about a friend of hers who lived in Slovakia, and who worked with Josiah Venture. "Hah! Well that's funny. I grew up in JV! What is your friend's name?" ...And then..."No kidding! Yes, I know your friend!"

Come to find out, this friend of hers (and mine) who lived in Slovakia for a little over two years has now lived in Chicago for more years than I have! I just now found out that she lives here, and I got to reconnect with her on Monday evening.

We shared a meal at a local restaurant in the neighborhood of my PCM (go figure, she lives in that same neighborhood that I go to every Monday). Not that what I ate is very important, but I do have to say, my fish tacos were delicious. I actually don't think I'd ever had fish tacos before, except for homemade, so that was a treat!

It was sweet hearing her reminisce about JV, but also learning about what she's doing here with her church in the city. I got to share some of what it's been like transitioning to the States, and it was so comforting to talk to someone who "gets it", in a way, because she knows both worlds. It was simply sweet sharing updates with one another, since I hadn't seen her in about 6 or 7 years!

Who knew when I moved to Chicago that I'd get to see familiar faces? I love how the Lord gives us surprises wherever we go. 


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