When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you.
Since Thursday until now(Tuesday night), I felt that God exposed truths to me and strengthen my faith! I can honestly say that I did not expect my stay here in Abilene for these 3 weeks for school was going to have such an impact on my life. It is amazing the things we learn when life is not a major distraction in our lives. I think we are able to listen to God more and understand the truths of life when we slow down and reflect.
I had 3 encounters in this time span from Thursday where I experienced God’s truth of how accepting people have to offer can add value and insight into our lives. First encounter happen in my University’s computer lab in the Business Building. There was a student named David who was working on an animation project for his class. While I was completing on my own work, he asked me if I wanted to watch a 20 minute animation film by an artist who took 3 years to make this film because he painted EVERY SINGLE frame that was in video. First off, Wow, talk about patience and work ethic! I had two options before: “yes” and “no”. There is nothing wrong with saying no. In that moment however, I chose to say yes. After watching that short film and 2 smaller ones he showed me afterwards, I caught a glimpse of life as it is seen through David. After this experience, I look at art and animation with more admiration and respect. It is bypass things that you have had not much exposure to. Once your eyes are open and you are not ignorant anymore, you notice things more and you reflect more on it. I believe that is how we add value to our lives, by exposing ourselves to more.
Second encounter I had was at my friend’s Seth family’s house. His family owns a large land and he offered me to come out there and go hunting. I told him a fews days before that I never shot a gun before so this was his invite to give me that experience. Again, I had two options before me: “yeah let’s go to your family’s place” and “naw not this time. Don’t feel like it.” When he offered me at first, my mind was actually leaning towards the “no” option. However, I chose “yes” and started the journey to his family’s place Sunday afternoon. From the start, I greeted with hospitality and love from his family that was there. Every single moment I spent the family’s place, I felt so much peace, joy, love, calmness. I guess you can say I felt God’s presence. Just quickly summing up that day: Met his parents, sister, sister’s boyfriend, and cousin, Fired my first gun ever(it was a shotgun btw, so cool), did a little bit of hunting(found no live game 😦 unfortunately), hiked to the top of a nearby mountain during twilight and dawn with the family minus the parents, ate dinner with the family and played “Catch Phrase”, lastly we ended the night with worship songs and just talk. The reason I listed the events that took place is because these are the results of saying yes and accepting what people have to offer. Imagine if I had chose “no”; everything that took place would not have become my life. In that evening, I added people to my circle of family and me to theirs. Funny thing too was earlier today was I went to Wal-Mart and walked into Seth’s father there. With the “no” option, I would have walked passed that man straight and missed the connection to knowing that man was Seth’s father. Accepting what people offer, changes your life in ways you wouldn’t have thought of.
Last encounter was Monday night. After coming back from Seth family’s house that morning, that evening, a friend of mine showed up to the place I’m staying at and invited me to come to the movies with him and his friends. When he invited me out, I was in the middle of writing down notes for this blog. There was no-way I was going to chose “no”. Again, I had fun that night and got to meet new people and enjoy the community I was in.
Closing out, you can discover many truths about God when you slow down and reflect. Truths I’ve learned: accepting what people have to offer. You never know what you will learn and how you will see life differently. Jesus chose multiple disciples because he knew that each one had something different to offer to the group and saw Jesus and God in their own unique way. Another truth is God designed for us to live in community. I can personally say that the times I have lived life in abundance is when I’m surrounded with my friends. There are times for being by yourself and reflection, but there are also times when you need to be in communion with others. Daily I grow and learn more. I thank God for everything He has down for me, the things He continues to do, the grace He given me and just many things. Looking forward to life God has in-store for me!