Listening to an acoustic cover of: Isn’t she lovely
Warning: This post is long.
After returning from Northern California two weekends ago, my brothers and I ventured up north again this past weekend, but this time to the city of Fairfield. The only activity that we had planned was attending a graduation of the Bible school for Christian couples, from which a couple very close to us was attending. Although that was really the only thing on the agenda, our trip somehow became something so much more!
When we first arrived, we pulled up to the house of the couple we were going to be staying with. We had only spoken to them via texting, and when we pulled up to the house we had a feeling we were in the wrong place. First we knocked on the door…… No answer. Then we rang the door bell…….. No answer. So I call the husband, he picks up, I explain how I think we are outside his house, so he says that he will be right there. Next thing you know a younger woman opens the door and tells us to come in. I look at my brother sort of confused but say ok, and as soon as we enter the house we notice that all the furniture was covered in plastic, as if nobody lived there. This woman leads us through the house and into the back where some other people are talking. It sort of looked like they were just finishing up a real estate deal because everyone was shaking hands. Anyways we quickly meet everyone, and in the next thirty seconds somehow everyone had exited the room, the last guy is telling us that he would be back in about 15 minutes. And just like that, my brothers and I were left alone in the kitchen of this foreign house wondering what had just happened. Were we even in the right house? We start discussing the interesting situation we found ourselves in when thankfully this young woman came back into the house. We explained that we had no idea what was going on, everyone started laughing and she explained that they lived in the back house, and that no one lived in the front. Everything got straightened out. Little did we know that this was the first of many exciting adventures!
Later that night we cleaned up from the long drive and headed to the family night that was being held for all of the couples graduating from the school. We ended up seeing people we knew from all over California. We even saw some friends from our trip out to Utah a few months ago! After a great program a big group of us headed back to where we were staying to talk and catch up, which was great, and when everyone left we thought we would head to bed. We then found out however, that some other people were going to be stopping by the house in a few minutes. These three other guys were from Oregon, and were just stopping by for a few hours until they could catch there flight to Belize where they would be spending the next couple of weeks. They’ll be spending those three weeks in the ministry helping people learn about the Bible because there is a great need in that area. The interesting part is that one of them ate something a little funny, so his first impression involved seeing his earlier meal on the driveway after his introduction. Nonetheless we all headed in and spent another hour or so chatting, and yet again it turns out that we had friends in common! It was exciting to see everyone having a great time, even though we had never met. There’s just something about a lifestyle trained by Bible principles that always seems to be a uniting factor. We said our goodbyes to our new friends, hoping that we could continue our three hour long friendship with these three guys somewhere down the road. Finally we headed to bed after a lengthy unique day!
Funny enough, a year before this trip, we were in Davis California helping with a few different aspects of the ministry, and on that trip we had made some really close friendships with some people up there. During our drive up on the day before, we had made some calls to find out what our friends were up to, and were bummed to get only voicemails. Well it turns out that the second day, we received a call and our friends wanted to meet up! So we made the thirty minute drive up to Davis and re-walked the streets of downtown to meet up with our friends from last year. The coolest thing was that we just picked up conversation like we had never even left! It was really refreshing to kindle the old friendships and make a few new ones as well. So that night we returned to Fairfield to have dinner with the graduating couple, and some other friends, and then ended the night with some go-karting and ice cream. Day two was done.
Now there was one more family that we had met on the previous years trip to Davis that we didn’t get to see the day before so upon waking up we were excited to see that they wanted to meet up. So we made plans for the afternoon and headed off to the Graduation for our friends. After one of the most encouraging Bible based programs I’ve ever heard, we went out with the couple for some food and association. When thinking back on it, I am just sincerely happy. Happy that we met this couple, and that we have grown so close to them. Seeing them graduate and knowing that they are going to use the skills they were taught to their fullest potential is so encouraging. So after that we said our goodbyes and headed off to grab dinner with the couple we had met last year. We ended up meeting with a big group from Davis and having a great dinner, followed by some ice cream and jelly beans. We headed home and relaxed with the couple we were staying with before saying our goodbyes. This morning we left early, and it seems likes weeks have passed since we even left. It was just a beautifully well rounded trip.
I guess what I take away from this trip is that life is happening! Whether we are sitting in front of a computer, or watching TV, or kayaking into the most beautiful sunset through the misty fjords of Alaska, or even just traveling with friends, life is happening and there are opportunities all around us that we just need to reach out and take. These past few months I have dedicated to traveling and doing things away from home. There will always be responsibilities that take precedence over fun and games, but if you take care of those, than all that’s left is prioritizing. So if you are that person that complains about never having that chance to travel. Don’t complain, Just do it. Make it happen. If you have to struggle and grind to get there, then sometimes that’s just what you have to do, because life is an opportunity, roaring by as we speak.