How do I belong to a Transportable Community ?

I have always loved doing life with friends over a coffee or lunch. I love the way hearts connect as we share our stories, frustrations, hopes and as we talk about our journey’s and our faith struggles. There is usually laugher (and in my case, tears). It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life that I have been afforded many such moments.

I have always loved doing life with friends over a coffee or lunch. I love the way hearts connect as we share our stories, frustrations, hopes and as we talk about our journey’s and our faith struggles. There is usually laugher (and in my case, tears). It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life that I have been afforded many such moments.

Traveling and moving, however, makes these intimate moments harder to find. A sense of alone-ness can be a problem as one struggles to connect and experience community in new places and in temporary locations. Feelings of isolation are, I think, one of Satan’s greatest weapons.

I have watched my ‘mobile’ children grapple for years with the issue of “belonging” – asking themselves “which community is mine?, “where do I fit in?”. I know that these same questions still run deep in my life too. My family knows that even recently I have made poor choices because of my need to “fit in” and desire “to be included”.

Recently I sat with a relocated friend and watched the pain in her eyes and the struggle for composure as she allowed me just a glimpse of the sense of dislocation she currently feels. It requires work to find friends, to join in with a group and to start to share a common experience even if it’s what our hearts long for. After-all, we were created relational beings.
Because of my faith I know that the greatest relationship that I have is with God through Jesus Christ. Accordingly, I know I am never going to be alone because I am forever “included” in His family. Yet sometimes it’s people with skin on that I want to share life with.
I know that the way I was created I am energized by the spiritual “shot” of time with friends, of experiencing Life in community – I see His Spirit working in me through my relationships. I value all my individual friendships and wonder how God will develop them in the future.
But it’s the need for community I am wondering about here. How do I achieve that when I am on the move?
Because I know, there have been times in my life where I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had several friends encouraging me, praying for me and cheering for me: my community of witnesses (Hebrews 12: 1-2). We drew strength for the journey from each other.
The challenge for me now is to find that community in a “transportable way”. It’s a paradigm shift and one I am finding uncomfortable as I struggle to find meaning in my current way of living.
We all need community. 
 
My encouragement to all of you is to join me in looking for ways to include others in the journey, finding ways to extend and build your crowd of witnesses – because we need those who will run this race with us and who will support us to be all we were created for!