My family and I have lived in Ohio for about six years now. That’s a long time, although the longest time I have ever spent in one place was when we lived in Ormond-by-the-Sea—we were there for 12 years.
I’ve moved so many times during my life. It all started when I was 6-months-old, when my parents moved to Japan. I lived there for the first four years of my life, speaking the language fluently by the time I was three-years-old. From there we moved to the Philippines for about a year, then we moved to California.
I’ve lived in several cities in California: Long Beach, Inglewood, Los Angeles, and Fontana. When I was 15-years-old, I moved to Subic Bay Philippines and stayed there for three years then moved back to California for a brief period before going to Army basic training in Columbia, South Carolina. After Basic, I moved to San Antonio, Texas (where I met my husband). I moved back to California after training, but a few months later I moved to Florida to get married.
Even in Florida, we moved around. We lived in Ormond Beach for a few months after the wedding then moved to South Daytona. After a year or so, we moved to Orlando. We were there for a year then moved to Kissimmee. Three years later, we were back in Ormond Beach and settled in Ormond-by-the-Sea.
Twelve years after, we moved to Simpsonville, Kentucky. Five years later we moved to East New Market, Maryland (we attended church in Hurlock, Maryland and for a brief period, I taught at a school in Seaford, Delaware). Two and a half years passed and then we moved to Ohio.
Unlike a lot of people, I have no hometown. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a place all my life, where family had been there for several generations.
Maybe it’s good that I don’t have a hometown because my love for my home would get in the way with my love for God; or I might harbor pride for my place of residence instead of placing my all in Christ.
Abraham was a nomad (Genesis 12 & 13)—he didn’t have a hometown either, but he had God. I might not have a hometown, but God is with me wherever I am so I don’t mind being a “nomad.”