I love to travel. I love to spend hours planning out the details of where we are staying and what seat I will be sitting in on the plane. I love imagining what the location will be like and don’t even get me started on how much I heart packing my suitcase. I am a packing ninja! But if I am totally honest, I don’t really love the in-between. You know what I am talking about. That awkward pat down in security, the hours you have to spend in airports, the potential of there being no Starbucks in your terminal! And then there are the random smells! I mean really Memphis, it’s 7am, why are you selling chicken wings?! Sometimes I wish I could just click my heels and I would magically appear at my destination. But just like real life calls for me to embrace the in-between, my spiritual journey urges me to do the same.
I recently had a pretty significant layover on my recent vacation, and as I sat trying not to touch anything around me the Lord impressed on my heart to make a list of things that caused me to see my current wait or what I like to call the in-between as a frustration. The Lord knows I love lists so off I went. As I wrote down each of my issues the Lord began to expound upon each of them and my heart burst. It was as if scales fell from my eyes; what I initially saw as a list of frustrations soon became a moment to grow my understanding of what loving people really looked like and a dare to see to world differently.
I’ve decided to share my list with you via my blog, not sure how many of these I’ll share but for now I’ll share one. I hope my anxious airport shenanigans inspire you to see the in-between moments of your life for what it really is, an opportunity for you to be Jesus in the dark.
#1: The In-Between is full of sick people
Have you ever noticed once you get on a plane and the air stops flowing that everyone starts sneezing or coughing? I am embarrassed to say but my reaction is always the same — I start to cover my face like a crazy person trying not to get whatever zombie flu they are giving out! But on this last trip, right as I started hearing the symphony of coughs and sneezes the Lord reminded me of Mark 2:17.
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Honest Moment: Sometimes I get so caught up in where I am going or what uncomfortable situation I am in that I forget that there are people that really need to encounter Jesus near me. There are people all around me everyday that need me to get out of comfort zone and smile, and show the love of Jesus. There are people in my world that need a “bless you” , a “you’re awesome”, and I just need to stop focusing inward and really see people like Jesus did. He saw everyone for who they were going to be and He spoke to that! He didn’t see their infirmity or their issues, He saw potential and called it out. He showed mercy and gave grace out in huge sums.
After reading the verse I caught myself fighting back tears and I whispered to myself, “Dear Lord, make me a person who see’s potential in everyone and reacts and speaks to that…Let me see them like you see them…”
So yes, the in-between is FULL of sick people, but if we are called to be Jesus in a broken world then we should see the current wait or in-between moments in life for what they are…medical mission trips.