Something that's come to the forefront of my attention recently is just how much the world needs to see and experience the love of Jesus. There are a lot of things happening in the world right now, from controversial politicians to the refugee crisis to gun control issues to the sex trafficking epidemic and so on and so on, and it seems that there is just so much darkness surrounding us, making it easy to understand why people might be feeling a little — or a lot — hopeless. And hopelessness, in a way, is like a disease. It infects and spreads and wears people down, bit by bit until they can hardly see the light and goodness that are present in the world.
And living in the time that we do means, I think, that there's just a lot of confusion about who God is. Is he cruel, judgmental, full of wrath, and if so, is that why the world is so dark and hard and evil? Or is He loving, kind, and full of grace, because if that's true, where is that on display? Plenty of people grow up or grew up in some form of the Church, learning about God and about Jesus. Many "know" the basics, yet have chosen not to believe, and I really think that a choice like that — to not believe — may be two-fold: they see evil in the world, and can't bring themselves to believe in a God who would allow it (or "cause it" — another topic for another day); and/or they don't see God amongst the people who claim Him... which is a very huge and very real problem. Read More
I'm not sure if you heard, but the other day Southwest Airlines faced some major technical glitches that forced many flights to cancel -- including my own. I was at San Francisco International ready to head back home to Nashville after an eleven day adventure in California when hundreds of us realized that our flights had been delayed or cancelled. It took a few hours for the agents to rebook everyone, and I found myself in the Bay Area for one more night. So the next day I took off from San Fran and I arrived in San Diego only to find out my next flight had been cancelled as well (and couldn't be rebooked for 2 days). Oh, and hey, it was ComicCon in San Diego which meant all of the hotels in the area were booked. Guys, it was a serious mess.
While I got my situation figured out with the help of spiritual family, I have to say that the whole debacle it was an interesting sight to behold. Thousands of people were affected across the country, and many of the ones I saw in San Francisco and San Diego were acting like hell had frozen over. There was a lot of frustration and yelling and anger, much of which was directed at the agents behind the counters or the customer service reps over the phone. I don't know if I have ever seen so many angry and irritable people in such a condensed space/amount of time before, but it sure was ugly. Read More
God has been doing some weird / hard / cool stuff over the last few weeks, and as I've been digesting all that He has been opening up in my heart, I have also been praying about what and how to share what I am learning in this space. So this next bit is probably going to be a little messy, but this is me in my brokenness hoping to potentially encourage you in yours.
It all started two weeks ago when I finished reading and then watched the movie "Me Before You" (disclaimer: I enjoyed the story and, while it was sad and I wish it could have ended differently, I accept it for what it is: a fictional story written by a human being). The book had me in tears over the sadness of the story, but the movie did something different to me. I still cried, of course, but not for the same reasons. I found myself a hot mess because of the deep, profound thing that it did in my heart. It forced me to get real and honest before God; honest about my dreams and desires and the things that have caused me to not trust Him fully. So upon leaving the theatre, I drove aimlessly around Nashville with tears streaming down my face, having it out with my Father. Read More
I had the sweetest coffee date yesterday with a friend after taking some photos in downtown Franklin, and it was one that definitely encouraged me in my current place with Jesus. We talked about dreams and visions and the things that He has and continues to press upon our hearts, and just how awesome it is to see Him work it all out. From an initial vision to watching all of the people and places and pieces come together, there is often no other explanation than God.
That's just the thing: God is both in and working out all of the details. It doesn't matter how big or how small they may seem to us; it's all in His hands. And Scripture tells us that, no matter what we do or or where we go or what He may call us to, He will always be faithful. It's simply who He is. Read More