Roll out of bed, roll open the shutters that cover my windows and make it pitch black 24/7 if they aren’t opened, flip the switch on the electric kettle and get ready for a great cup of coffee. And right now it is like a big cup of “tastes like home.”

I went to Lyon last week to exchange my faulty MiCoach connector. Lyon is a 45 minute train ride from my city and with my awesome travel reduction card it isn’t very expensive if I go every once in awhile. Aside from doing what I needed to get done I had another idea. I found Starbucks, enjoyed a latte, and bought a bag of Christmas blend beans! Mmm. I also got to have lunch with one of my besties Co! Her and I played together for a year in Denmark and she is the one who helped me with my connection to my current team. We had an awesome French lunch of savory crepes. Again, delicious. 

Unfortunately the sun isn’t shining today, but I am still excited about the day. Hmm…maybe I’ll hang out with my new bestie Ao from Taiwan. This friendship is a pretty cool story of God’s orchestration of our life and how we have divine appointments and meaningful run-ins with those who seem to be coincidental. From all the people God has put in my path I don’t see any as coincidences. There is a reason and purpose for each person in my life and for that I am thankful. 

Back in May when I was living in Seattle and playing for the Seattle Sounders the coach told us that there was a girl from Taiwan coming for the week to have a trial with the team. We were all curious: Does she speak english or how are we going to communicate? I was excited to welcome her to the team and help her feel comfortable and included because I am all too familiar with being the foreigner on the team. We connected right away when she arrived at practice and had a fun training session. I asked what her and her boyfriend would be doing with their time during the week etc etc. I invited them to come to the gym with me in the mornings and became their taxi (their hotel was very close by but I didn’t think it was a good idea for them to be walking in the area they were staying in) for the week and we became friends. Unfortunately the coach didn’t invite her to stay on the team. In hindsight, it was a good thing for her because I have no idea how or where she would’ve lived during the season etc. Anyways, she ended up on a team in Spokane and I went and saw her play in Issaquah just to give some support. I kept in touch with her and her boyfriend as I made my decision to join my new team in France and encouraged them to contact my now coach. 

Fast forward to August when I arrived in the countryside of France at an agricultural boarding school for preseason and found my dear friends Ao and Kai there as well 🙂 Her trial went well and she returned to Taiwan to await the approval of her work visa. Just like me, the paper work took forever and she didn’t arrive until the middle of October!  

Anyways, she is here now and we have apartments just 5-10 minutes apart and it’s great to have a friend around on the same schedule as me (free most of the day and train late in the evening). We travel majority of the time to and from training on the tram line together and it’s just fun having company.

She is only one of many amazing people and friends God has blessed me with over the past few years of living abroad. So, when you are feeling that little prompting from the Holy Spirit to strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the airplane or the one you always see standing in line at the same time as you at Starbucks, respond to that prompting. Who knows what could become of it.