Most people believe I am an extrovert, someone who gains energy from being around people. I am however a true introvert, someone who gains her energy from being alone. This does not mean I do not like being around them, it just means that being around people, new people in particular tends to take a lot of energy out of me.
So picture this, in almost every setting I find myself here I am still meeting and greeting a lot of new people. At Anya's school, I have been there for three weeks now and there has been a constant flux of new names and faces coming at me. At my gym, I have had to change the time of my work outs to adjust for traffic which means the people I knew from 5:30 to 7am are gone and now I find a new group of people who work out after they drop their kids at school. At church, people are back from extended summer holidays and I find myself shaking hands with new people all the time. At Anya's activities which are just starting up, I am often introducing myself to the parents. Even the people I have seen frequently like the girl who checks out my groceries or the neighbour I walk past every day are now noticing I am here to stay and they start up conversations with me and yet again I find myself explaining who I am and what brought me here.
Before I go on, I want you to know I am not complaining. In fact it is really cool that God puts me in all these situations. I simply want to say that I have been amazed that while I am tired I am not exhausted. I am thrilled that I am enjoying meeting so many people and I have to say that this fact alone is proof to me that God is my strength. My strength alone would have stayed on the sidelines. My introverted self would never initiate a conversation with a new person. Introverted me prefers no risk conversations with people I already know yet I initiate conversations at a regular pace. I am living by God's grace, and am doing more than I ever thought possible.
I have no idea where these relationships are heading but one thing I do know, I love seeing God work and to know He is at work in this introvert is wonderful.