Running into Friends

Running into friends is something that happens in your neighborhood, in your hometown. In a place that you probably call home. I remember this always happening back home in Washington and then later in college. When you’re familiar with multiple faces and names in one place, you’re bound to run into each other. And it’s fun and – many times – refreshing to get a sincere smile and “Hello” on the street when you’re out and about.

You know those moments when you’re convinced that the person who just walked or drove by is someone you know? Or those moments you seem to make full eye-contact with a person, you swear you know them from somewhere, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? 

It didn’t take me very long after I first arrived in Taiwan that this probably wouldn’t be happening to me any time soon, running into people I knew on the streets of Taipei. I barely knew where I was out on the streets back then. It made me kind of sad, to be honest. 

Well, two years down the road, it’s happening again. I’m running into friends, because now I have friends. I have friends in different churches and ministries, I have friends of different nationalities, I have friends from church, from work, from the local supermarkets, tea shops, and clothing stores. I run into people I know all the time now, and it’s great. I love it. 

It feels like home. 

It truly is the little things that count, and for me, running into friends here in Asia is a little thing that is making a big difference. 

What little thing makes a big difference in your life? I’m sure it’s worth writing down and remembering forever. 

I hope you run into a friend today. 🙂

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