Life is made up of stories. And I believe everybody has a story to tell. Stories make us dream and imagine. They open up a whole new world of adventures. Sometimes a story will teach us something we didn’t know previously, sometimes it´s a reminder of something we know very well. They can be real or imagined, fiction or fact. Last month I was in India, and while I enjoyed every bit of it, the thing that has stuck with me the most are the stories, the everyday tales of how God is working in that incredible place and how he is transforming lives. Stories inspire me. And encourage me to continue listening and discovering all the wonderful tales this world has to offer.
Believe it or not, it has taken 21 years for me to see my first firefly. We don’t really get them back home so it was quite exciting to discover these wonderful creatures during my recent trip. We were walking back to where we were staying after a fantastic evening. Yet the realities of India and its contrasts where beginning to weigh heavy. The quiet village road was dark and there were no streetlights to light the way. In the stillness of a warm summer evening in India we walked in silence with a small flashlight to brighten our path. The darkness almost seemed to reflect the spiritual reality of the town. But as we approached the center where we were staying a small flicker of light shone in the darkness up in front. By the side of the road hovered a single firefly. It was a beautiful sight. And it reminded me that there was a small glimmer of hope in such a spiritually dark place.
Though many speak English in India, the local children at the school where we were working only spoke Hindi. And yet, though words made no sense, it’s amazing how much a smile can communicate. Through games, puppets and other activities, we brought laughter and fun into the lives of lonely small children. A little love, care and attention, expressed with the simplicity of a smile. And rewarded by many more from the kids.
I love a good view. And mountaintops provide a wonderful sight. It also offers perspective of what lies around you and that we often can’t see from the base of the mountain. Spending time in the middle of God’s creation, looking out into the distance and talking to God, just leads me to praise him and reminds me of his awesomeness.
5. Coffee shops
I love the diversity of coffee shops. There are so many different kinds, in so many different places. The smell of freshly brewed coffee, comfy seating and sometimes a street view out the window to watch passers by. Whether alone with a pen and notebook or surrounded by friends and good conversation, I love just sitting and relaxing with a good drink in the corner of my favorite coffee shop.
Emily Berry is an introvert who is learning to stand out. Her life is a wonderful mix of cultures, thanks to her English heritage and her cross-cultural upbringing. She loves reading, writing and telling stories. And she is enjoying life in Seville, Spain, where she currently lives, writes and studies journalism. Emily blogs in Spanish at Colosenses 3:23 – See more at: http://www.prodigalmagazine.com/ok-with-different/#sthash.ZygpFgPw.dpuf