I’m linking up with Meg for Week In Review to share some highlights of the week at the end of the post too!
My heart hurts. There is so much pain, death, sorrow in the world. There is so much hurt, and I so often have a hard time dealing with it, facing it. The effects of sin are all around me. I feel broken. There are broken people everywhere. This morning I was reading John 16 and Jesus’ precious promises before He ascended back into heaven.
‘For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’
Jesus has done amazing things. He did an amazing, unmatchable thing on the cross. He broke that power of darkness. He shattered it. He took the hurt of sin, and He BATTLED it to the death. And He rose triumphant over it.
Yes there is darkness in this world, but it can not overcome the Light of Jesus Christ; that is the whole point of the gospel. The gospel isn’t something that drives us into a church building away from the hurt and pain and grief, to hide from it. It’s what should drive us to the hurting, to the broken, the shattered, the sinners that need the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse them.
One thing on this trip that has constantly reminded me of the solid, lasting, joyous hope we have in Christ Jesus is the sunrise. It’s no random act that the sun rises every morning. It’s no accident that the sun goes around the globe in such a perfect orbit, ordained by the amazing God, Creator, Maker of the universe.
There is hope.
There is healing.
There is justice.
All because of God.
I have to believe this, because without this there is no ultimate meaning, no ultimate reason.
My heart is breaking for those in California affected by the fires. My heart hurts for those in Florida and Texas and those around the world who have experienced so much hurt, but I know this one thing.
The only way I could recover; the only way I continue to want recovery, to want to put down the idols of food and my body, is Jesus. I can’t do it by myself; but His power is more than sufficient.
I hope this isn’t an awkward transition, but I want to also recount some of the blessings, the many many gifts of joy from the Lord this week for the ‘Week in Review’ with Meg and Sunday Thoughts with Jamie. <3
To end on a lighter note, I wanted to share a few sweet moments from the last week of travel; we’re about 1 week from going home, and I have learned SO MUCH from this trip. It’s been like drinking from a fire hose; have I said that already? O_O
#1) Finding a Street Food Fair in Lljubliana, Slovenia. – My foodie heart went a’flutter when we discovered this street fair. All the smells were so tantalizing, and they had everything from Asian to Italian to Kenyan to Slovenian to any other kind of yummy food. I went for some Kenyan meat sauce and rice along with a Kenyan ‘Sambusa’, a fried dough stuffed with meat.
#2) Meeting a SUPER sweet energetic extroverted Christian girl from Denmark at church last Sunday in Montenegro. – She was so full of the life and joy of Jesus. She had a deep heart of wanting to share the gospel with those in Montenegro, and she really carried such a lively friendly conversation as we spent time with her after church and the amazing pastor’s family!
#3) Sweet Quiet Moments walking in one of the cleanest parks I’ve been in in Europe. – It’s been such fun to see all the fall colors, as we often don’t get to go up to the mountains in Colorado (or maybe I don’t make the time I should for it) to see the fall colors. We’ve seen all the oranges, reds, and yellows here, and it’s been stunning (to put it lightly). It just puts me back in awe of God and His majesty.
#4) Staying in the Cutest Places. – My sister should be a travel agent, because she has booked so many cute places (that were incredible affordable.) We stayed at this ‘Gostlina’ (I think it means hotel or guest house in Slovenia?) the other night, and it had a cute little stream that ran right under/by it. It made for the most comforting sound when you woke up in the morning.
I wanted to just end this post by sharing some of my favorite posts from bloggers this week. It has been WAY too long since I’ve done this, and I want to show more love to my fellow bloggers.
Favorite Blog Links of the Week:
I love to read Kat’s favorites and Kat’s sweet heart of compassion that always pours out for the hurts of others.
One of my favorite ways to catch up with fellow bloggers is to read their Currently posts like Julie’s.
Patricia shares the ‘why’ behind her new hashtag on Instagram; (I need to use it more, but I’ve used it once).
Megan talks about how to deal with burnout. I dealt with some serious burnout on blogging, social media, even work earlier this year, and so many of these tips were really applicable.
Ellie talks about how a return to running can be so humbling yet beautiful at the same time. I resonated with so much of this. Taking a break from running makes you appreciate it so much more.
Cora writes about the beauty of doing nothing. I have had to be still and do nothing or feel like I’m doing nothing a lot on this trip, and it has been so good. It’s revealed so many ways in which the Lord is humbling me, and it’s been GOOD but hard.
Sarah put up a blog post about something I am NOT good at, but something I hope to grow in; that is ‘food flexibility’, and she is so good at it; I would love for you to read and learn from her!
When there is hurt around you or in you, what do you do?
Where is your hurt right now? How can I pray for you?
Favorite blog reads this week?