I can taste the salty air as I cruise a winding beach path on a bright and sunny 80 degree day alone with no head phones and no company. The sound of the breeze and an occasional “hi” from a passerby has me observing beautiful architecture and taking in the simple beauty around me. This business trip to one of my favorite coastal towns has me soaking in sunshine, building relationships, and allowing me time to pause a bit from my normal routine.
Despite the fact that my trip is focused on interior design, business meetings, and site visits, it’s amazing how God weaves connections with people unexpectedly. When I’m down this way, I almost always seem to run into the same neighbor (who mind you lives in Dallas - far from here) nearly every time I am here. I could not have expected that slowing down months ago to say “hi” to a neighbor would later be the start to a relationship that I will always be grateful for. Finding time to slow down and notice the people around you, can sometimes be an invitation for a God moment.
My intent in writing this post was to share something beautiful, inspiring, and design related to encourage you as you build your home. BUT GOD. God has a way of mysteriously showing up in our journeys bringing people along our path that have walked the same walk and faced the same challenges. It’s life giving to know we’re not the only one. The only way to know that is to be real and open, truly transparent. On my cruise to capture architecture and design inspirations, I captured this path.
At the very end of this leaf dusted wood planked path is a breath taking, magical, and glimmering aqua blue ocean. A site that overwhelms the soul. This bike ride brought about the beauty I had hoped to capture, but it also brought about a huge sense of gratitude. Knowing that ONLY God could bring another christian woman fifteen hours from home and me seven hours from home to the same place multiple times to water a seedling of a relationship over and over to the point of utter transparency.
This path reminded me that this journey we are on isn’t always easy, but when we are about our business doing what we are called to do God shows up. He reminds us of His love. He brings people alongside us who have walked through the same challenges, faced the same burdens, and cried similar tears. He’s so good that way.
So my challenge to you is to take from these architectural images and let God speak to you about the road you are on. Find a sense of hope that God knows your needs, your longings, and your loneliness. He knows you sometimes feel like you are the only one. I’m here to tell you you are not. What was meant as an interior design business trip has left me so grateful that God is real, working, and reminding me…that He knows.
Tanya Hembree calls Franklin, TN home, where she lives an active life with her husband of 20 years and their 3 thriving teenagers. Although a native southern Californian, Tanya has lived in Denver and Austin and is a southerner at heart. A serial entrepreneur, Tanya is also an encourager of women, connector of people, and a pursuer of Jesus. Her crazy full life has taken her from owning a spa and homeschooling her kids to leading a women’s ministry, and doing interior design. Her journey has not been easy, and she’d call herself a “hot mess”, but despite that she desires to live a life in full pursuit of God. On a fun note, Tanya enjoys spa, fashion, travel, and design. She can often be found hanging with her family, spending time with friends, or relaxing at the beach. Connect with her www.tanyahembreedesign.com