After roughly four months being back stateside, the ache of missing my Betel family back in Birmingham, England is still prevalent. Rarely a day goes by without reminiscing on a memory of one of the girls whether it be singing 12 Days of Christmas in the middle of July while out on flyers, making dinner for 40+ people while dealing with a broken water pump, or simply trying to interpret someone with an extremely strong Scottish accent.
There are a multitude of things I miss, but more than anything, I miss the relationships. Under what normal circumstances would someone become not only roommates, but friends with an ex-heroine or gas addict? When else would you see a former gang leader cooking dinner and setting the table while singing in pure joy?
Under normal circumstances? Probably nowhere.
Coming back home to live in seemingly “normal” life — your typical 20-year-old, college-going, person – still hasn’t been easy. I want nothing more than to wake up to day where I’m not the one planning what I do for work that day past breakfast, be joyful at the sight of fresh vegetables come through in donations, or treasure being “forced” to have quiet time for an hour.
But right now, that’s not where I live. I’m heading back to school today to return to classes, leadership in campus ministry, and more importantly, continuing to be a model of Jesus Christ to everyone around me. It’s a daily reminder from the Lord that he wants a heart of service all the time… not just when it “feels” more so necessary.
If I, or anyone for that matter, expects to see the Lord work in amazing ways and change the lives of others, he first needs to see dedicated in us as his people.
“…you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
I’ll let scripture speak for itself, but take a second and read that again. We are being built as a dwelling where the Spirit of the Lord lives. This is by no means what this world would call a “normal” circumstance. Yet, it’s exactly where God has placed us in his plan. How else could we respond except in gratitude and love for a God who has purpose for us, not just as little minions running around, but as representatives of his love for his people.