Early this year, I was incredibly blessed to have been given the chance to go with a friend, Truly, to visit some friends of hers in a little community in the northwestern corner of Tasmania. We landed on January 1st, and the next two weeks were some of the most stretching, yet most enjoyable weeks I’ve had in a while!
It’s a different feeling to know you’re walking into a situation where you’ll have to get to know a bunch of new people all at once…and then proceed to live with them for the next few weeks! For me, an introverted homebody that loves to have plenty of “me” time with little other interaction, the idea was a bit stressful. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
But as soon as I got there, I started to feel at home.
They did an excellent job inviting us into their lives, treating us as one of their own, and sharing their joys and sorrows as we went about working and hanging out together.
Their love was one thing that struck me the most—often, it seems like when you visit conservative Christian circles, there’s a certain amount of “us” and “you” distance automatically placed on the relationship. And as much as I hate to admit it, I know I’ve done that before, all too often, when I’m relating with people. I didn’t sense that distance when I was at Detention River, though. We were able to have meaningful fellowship, and spiritually I came away feeling very refreshed.
One day, we went to a beach about 15 minutes away—Boat Harbour beach. There were quite a few people there, but we found a beautiful spot to ourselves! The sand was so white, and the water warm, but still cool enough to feel really good!
I don’t generally go swimming, so I enjoyed wading for a while, then went to explore the tide pools.
I love exploring beaches different places in the world, so I was thankful to have gotten the chance to take my time here! I wanted to explore this set of tide pools (below), but everyone else was ready to go by then. Perhaps another time! This is looking north-west from Boat Harbour. Just at the base of the trees on the left (you may be able to make it out) is the tip of Rocky Cape, just a few minutes’ drive away from the community. We went there another day; pictures to follow!
Although I didn’t know I’d be going to Tasmania until early December, it ended up being a very enriching time for me. I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures with you in the coming weeks, as time permits!
For now, I’ve got a question—how has the Lord answered unasked prayers for you in your life, especially your more recent past? For me, being at the community was a huge blessing, but I had never thought to ask for that. Have you had anything similar happen lately?
Grace Spencer says
Wow, that sounds awesome, Esther! I can certainly relate with having an experience like that one:) And yes, you’re not the only one who struggles with having little “me-time” lol. My stay in Guate, particularly our trip to the mountains, has stretched me in that regard. A good learning experience, and have certainly enjoyed spending time with the people here:)
Esther Filbrun says
Haha, introverts unite! 🙂 I’m so glad things are going well there for you! And yes, isn’t it interesting that we are often called to the places we wouldn’t necessarily choose for ourselves? But then they turn out being the best for us because we learn so much through the struggles. And I’m sure you’re making lots of lifetime memories and friends to treasure along the way too. Can’t wait to hear about it when you get back!
Grace Spencer says
Yes, I never imagined I’d end up in Guate! Certainly not a couple of years ago. Peru had always been on my mind. But then God’s plans always overrule, and that’s the best way:) I’ve made heaps of friends here and hope I can return some time in the future, Lord willing. Looking forward to catching up with you on my return!
Esther Filbrun says
Amen! Yes, looking forward to seeing you!