I’m from Southern California. I came to Boston for college and then went to Princeton Seminary, so I am most at home near an ocean, lots of people and universities. Then I served as a pastoral intern in far western Nebraska, in a city of 25,000 which is the hub for a 100-mile radius. Talk about out-of-place: it was a cross-cultural experience! Far from home, far from everything familiar, I felt strange, disoriented, lost. I wondered what I had done by moving there and where God was in all this.