Los Angeles: City of Skies

I just moved to Los Angeles, one of the most desirable cities in the US (especially if housing costs are a reflection of desirability), but I wasn’t too excited about moving here.  There are a lot of things I don’t particularly like about LA: I’m not a big-city person in general, I’m confined to a sub-par public transit system here, and some of my past experiences with LA have been less-than-stellar.

Of course, people did inform me of all the good things about living in the LA area, but still, if I am honest, I wasn’t optimistic.  And some of the difficulties of this city — particularly how hard it is to get across the city by transit — are really wearing on me.

... that commute though ...
… that commute though …

But in the midst of that, God is teaching me to be thankful for what I do have.  And a big part of staying appreciative is noticing the unexpected good parts of where I am — because almost anywhere you end up, there’ll be some unexpected good.  In Los Angeles, I have found the skies to be surprisingly beautiful, interesting, and visible.

Caught this sun rise and cloud formation out the bus window on the way to work
Caught this sunrise and cloud formation out the bus window on the way to work
Interesting skies catch my eye as I head home after church
Interesting skies catch my eye as I head home after church

And then there’s making the most of that good.  I am actually not much of a beach person — I’d take the mountains any day.  And I could complain about that, too, but following Jesus is all about living a better way:

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing” —  Paul of Tarsus (Philippians 2:14)

So, since I’m close to the beach, I’ll do the beach life!

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