Saturday, September 19, 2009
Reunited and it feels so good!
This past week or so since we've been back in Istanbul has been filled with the details of starting a life in a new place - walking for hours searching for the right apartment, dealing with the financial details of getting a new apartment, contracts, deposits, starting an electricity account, getting a phone and internet connection, cleaning the new apartment until Roger's incredibly high cleanliness standards have been met, putting up curtains, getting furniture, figuring out how to put up a shower curtain, hauling all our stuff to the apartment and up 3 flights of stairs... Needless to day, it has been mentally, physically and emotionally draining. I never thought of myself as a homebody, but I have been craving a place to call our own! So, in a way, it has been fun to be able to do all this, knowing that this will be our home in a city we feel so at home in. And in the midst of all this, we have tried to take the time to remind ourselves why we are doing all this...
Tonight I met up with two very dear friends of mine, Burcu and Evrim, (see photo) for the first time since we've been back. I have known them since around easter time when I first met them at Burger King. It was SO refreshing to spend some time with them! As I walked along the main walking street, with my two Turkish friends on each side of me, arm in arm, I was so humbled to even be in their lives. I said to myself, They are why we are here! I don't know how long it will take before they come to the realization that there is a great God who loves them each so personally that He is jealous for their souls...But I am here for them, as long as it takes. If these two girls are the only girls that I meet - they are enough for me.
Today Roger and I were discussing the future and our call here and we both agreed that it is unwise to try to plan ahead too much and it would be foolish to compare ourselves with anyone else. Christ said, "What is that to thee? You follow Me." We KNOW that God has given us a love for Turkish people - so what else can we do but love them??