My roommate moved out in July and just about the time I was cozying into my solo lifestyle, the financial realities hit me; paying my mortgage alone was really going to stifle my adult play time. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to weigh the costs of financial maturity and quality of life. Many of the last 15 years have been filled with similar decisions, leading to second and third jobs. I had two options: a) get another roommate or b) find another source of income. Of course the latter won and for the last three months I have been renting my second bedroom to total strangers.
My favorite guests, Sally and Muddasar, were on a eight month journey around the world. He had recently retired from the UK police force and she was on a one year leave of absence from teaching. Over six days, we shared details of our lives, stories of travels and a bottle or two of wine. It was instant friendship and their departure did not elicit the familiar joy I experienced with my previous guests.
We said our goodbyes the night before they left, but when I arrived home to my empty house that evening, I found a journal with this personal message:
In your review we will say how fun and fab you are, because you are, but you are so much more than that. You have a lovely, open, generous heart that is a joy to be around. When we give ourselves, pour ourselves out for others, God says ‘your light shall dawn in the darkness and your darkness shall be as the noon sun’ Isaiah 58:10. When we reach beyond our own circumstance to bring Jesus love to others, even in just a smile of acknowledgement we are icons, reflecting the personality of God into the world.
Jesus had a dear sense of his own identity. He was not swayed by public opinion or seduced by popularity or swamped by self doubt. He made others see value in themselves. He offered love and respect to those normally ignored. We have the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead in us. We are overcomers. We do not have a spirit of fear.
I believe that God sees you Mandy and is well pleased. Your heavenly Father appreciates all that you do and all that you are. God has you exactly where he needs you. You are fulfilling his purpose everyday! God is a big God! Rest in him, trust in him, hope in him and his promise is that we shall rise on eagles wings. I look forward to hearing all about your world changing life. God brought us from another continent to meet you and we are pleased he did.
Love, Sally and Muddasar
I’ve been asked every question regarding my experience with Air B & B, the most common being “do you feel safe?” If by “safe” you mean deeply impacted by strangers, beyond what I could have imagined, then my answer would have to be “yes”.