When I think of the word “beginning” or “beginnings” I think of many things.

I think of the old school song “Closing Time” by semisonic and the one line “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”. I think of the start of a race, the start of a day, the start a road trip, the start of a book….the foundation and yet the pre to the post. Before something and before something was some THING.

I think of Proverbs 9:10- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

The fear of the Lord in our lives is an incredible and vital reality that many of us strive for and seek after. If the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, then the fear of the Lord seems to be a journey and a discipline that we must choose to walk in. If we desire any sort of wisdom from the Lord we must fear Him above all…first and foremost. Thus the implication of this could be that the beginning of something is not only vital, but is the very foundational point of the journey; it instills value into that which we seek to pour ourselves into whole heartily.

What am I saying? I have been living in Taiwan for nearly 6 weeks now and am definitely still in the “beginning” stage. I really feel like God has taught me so much in the past 6 weeks and it all seems to be very foundational and very vital. Moving overseas definitely has come with its challenges and struggles. However, change for most people can be both challenging and rewarding. Here in Taiwan, I have been blown away by the faithfulness and sovereignty of God in my life and I would not trade it for the nearest Target or Borders or a piping hot cup of Colters coffee. I have felt richly blessed in His provision for me with friends that offer their homes for me to stay in, as I am waiting to find housing. I have met some of the most kind, warm-hearted Taiwanese friends that have made me laugh and sing (quite literally), and share my life story with. I have begun to build friendships with the staff here in Dan Shui and have been encouraged, built up and loved by them. I have had the pleasure of experiencing some of Taiwan’s finest delicacy’s as well as their semi-debated “maybe” delicacy’s (such as Stinky Tofu). I have learned the short cuts in the town that I live in, and attempted to speak what little Chinese I know. I have felt the joy of understanding one word and translating it (the word was “Pomelo”) and I have felt the frustration of desiring so intensely to understand every word I hear.

All of these experiences are just the beginning of my time here in Taiwan. All different and beautiful and difficult and rewarding. I feel that to the extent that I am willing to be whole heartily in no matter what, and really invest into my surroundings…to that extent will the foundation of my time here be firmly built upon. There is intrinsic value in beginnings.

I will be sharing more specifically of what I have been up to and what the Lord has been doing in my life. I hope to write more this week and look forward to posting pictures and stories very soon! Thank you all for reading my blog and joining with me in this journey!

– anna


One Reply to “Beginnings”

  1. “Closing Time” got played at a bar I once knew in Chapel Hill every 2am when it closed. Despite an amazing post… thanks for now getting that song stuck in my head.

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