The old saying goes… April showers bring May flowers.
And let me tell you, after weeks of rain here in Holland, the flowers looked exceptionally pretty today.
Isn’t that how life can be sometimes? Weeks, months, even years of ‘rain’ in our life and then somewhere along the way our life blooms.
I just got back from Colour Conference in London. It is difficult to put into words what exactly it meant to me to be there. For those of you that may not be familiar, Colour Conference is a women’s conference that happens once a year and is put on by Hillsong (a church originally founded in Australia but now has campuses all over the world – including our tiny Amsterdam).
I have been wanting to attend for a few years now, but never really saw it as a possibility as I A) didn’t go to Hillsong and B) didn’t know anyone that went to Hillsong in Europe.
J and I started attending Hillsong in Amsterdam last summer and really felt like it was a good ‘fit’ for us.
Fast forward to December of last year, Colour tickets were going fast and I didn’t want to miss it. Again, still didn’t know that many people attending. J bought me a ticket for my birthday and I decided I would just figure out whom I would stay with and how I would get there at a later moment.
The pieces fell into place, and I was able to attend the conference with a dear friend whom I’ve gotten to know even better over the last few months.
While at the conference, I met many new faces but one encounter stands out to me in particular. A Dutch woman that I met at dinner one night asked me how I ended up in Holland. I gave her the ‘short version’ of how a little ol’ Texan found herself in Holland and how we ended up at Hillsong.
As I was telling her, I could tell my story really spoke to her. And as a result, hearing myself, I realized how perfectly orchestrated my steps have been over the last 3 years specifically (isn’t it funny how easy it is to overlook until someone else points it out to you?).
Moving abroad, leaving your family + friends, getting married, and starting your career are very intimidating, life-altering decisions.
There have been moments when I have felt alone, but truthfully, was never alone. There have been moments when I have felt out of place, but oddly enough, I was home. There have been moments when I have felt misundestood, yet I was speaking my own language.
There are so many pieces of our life that have ‘fallen into place’ over the last 3 years, and I am so grateful. Coincidence? I think not.
“And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Necklace: Free People