Friday, June 27, 2014

commonalities


Let me tell you some great things.

It's great that you can hear someone playing worship music in a square in San Diego on a Saturday, ask him where he goes to church, and visit that church on Sunday.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, have a great conversation, swap instagram follows, and be prayed over by someone who was a complete stranger the day before.

It's great that you can sit in a Seattle coffeeshop that you didn't even plan on going into, eating waffles and coconut milk mint chocolate chip ice cream, offer some ice cream to the group beside you, and meet several people from a church small group.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, talk about church and the importance of community and fellowship, eat ice cream, and gather in a circle to pray for the church.

It's great that you can meet someone and find yourself a mere twenty-four hours later laying on her floor in the dark with only the sheen of some purple lights around the bed.  And with nothing in common but Jesus, discuss the power of prayer, hold hands, and talk about your favorite movies and greatest strengths.

It's great that you can lose things like a memory card or a phone charger or a favorite cardigan or that lucky penny or maybe your temper, and somehow God sees into the little things and restores it, sometimes before you even think to ask.

It's amazing that you can go on a trip for over a month on the other side of the country and only stay in a hostel in one place because of the hospitality of people you barely know, and somehow God always provides.

It's incredible that you can find yourself on the other side of a month long trip that you've been planning for months before, and look back and see through the ups and downs how God was present and active and nothing could have happened apart from him.  And it's comforting to know, in coming back home, that there's a purpose here too, in the regular schedule as well as the new and adventurous.

You know those outrageously big, slightly goofy, ridiculously happy smiles that you couldn't suppress if you tried?  Does Jesus make you smile like that?

13 comments:

  1. This gives me a lot of hope and encouragement Jenn. Thanks for that.

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  2. Wow, these photos are absolutely gorgeous! And your words? Straight out of a book! It sounds like such an adventure. I can only hope someday to live such a road trip. :)

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  3. i love this! Jesus is such a powerful bind, it's just awesome. (and this is making me itch for a roadtrip right now)

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  4. This makes me smile. Looks like an amazing road trip :) It's all those little moments that make life great. And yep, those big-goofy-can't keep 'em down kinda smiles are the best.

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  5. I know exactly what you're talking about, Jenn. Jesus makes me smile like that quite often. I love these words and pictures. Beautiful post.

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  6. Ahhh this is so good. Jesus breaks down all barriers, He's pretty cool like that. .

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  7. Ahhh this is so good. Jesus breaks down all barriers, He's pretty cool like that. .

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  8. This is just beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Our God is so awesome.

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  9. Your pictures are all so very pretty. ^-^

    Wow, you did all that? I wouldn't have the courage to go up to strangers and offer them ice cream and have a nice conversation with them. XP

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  10. OH MY GOSH I just LOVE your pictures ok?!? and your travels look amazing and I can't wait to see all of the pictures and the way that Jesus uses us and others is phenomenal and God is so good and we should skype again soon.

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  11. Ohhh Jesus is good. and I love all the pics.

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  12. Really inspiring Jenn, our God is just so amazing. Your pictures are just beyond words, they are beautiful. I also can't believe everything you did, it's sounds like it was an amazing time!
    Kelsi
    Messy Bits

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  13. Jenn. This is so beautiful. And one of the many things I love about life. The commonality of Jesus and how strangers can become friends in an instant with just that ONE factor.

    Also I'm in love with your pictures. :)

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