Posted by: Asha Davé | July 14, 2009

I’ve Lost Count

I’ve never really understood the expression “my head is spinning” before this summer. Actually, this summer has made me realize just how much I don’t understand. I have been challenged by my housemates, the scriptures, Sojourn, Jesse, and it’s so awesome to see how the Lord can use anything and anyone to speak to me and teach me. I can’t write down and comprehend all the information that’s being shoved into my head, and I feel like I can’t keep up with my own thoughts. Awesome things happen everyday, and I want to blog about everything, but I can’t organize my thoughts.

So, here goes…Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in my brain…

This past weekend was Come and See Weekend, and Gentry, my best friend and roommate, came to visit me. I have never had so much fun! She loved the city and found the storefront where she wants to open her boutique. We explored, and I was pleasantly surprised when I kinda-sorta knew my way around Loo-a-vul. We even got to visit a lady I met at Jeff Street who is currently in the hospital. Spending time with her was as much a blessing for me as I think it was for her. Gentry even got to go with the HOPE team to the Spencer’s yesterday to celebrate Kerry’s birthday!

Gentry just left this morning, and I must admit, I am a little homesick. I miss Gainesville. I miss my apartment. I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss my school. I miss Jake. I’ve been to Darrell’s home and now Kerry’s home, and I’m sad that my home isn’t close enough to visit on our Sabbath. I feel like I’m ready to go home, but I know the Lord has more to show me…that’s why the enemy is trying to distract me…but God has planted me here for the summer, so this is where He wants me to bloom, and I’m not going to let any pesky weeds get in my way.

Despite my homesickness, I just can’t be sad at Jeff Street. I love the guests and residents so much, and I have learned as much from them as I hope they have from me. I was thinking about love the other day, so I read 1 John 4, and verse 8 hit me like never before:

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Before this summer, I couldn’t understand why people didn’t accept and understand God’s grace. But, after reading this, I realized that some people (probably more than I’d like to think) have no love in their lives. They have no love from their families, friends, spouses, no one. So how can they know God if they don’t know love? I realized, the moment I read that, that my purpose this summer and for the rest of my life is to love people in order for them to know God. And maybe, just maybe, if I love them long enough, they will begin to love me back and begin to know God…because God is love.

I aspire to be like the tree described in Jeremiah 17 so I will always be able to bear fruit and show love and bloom where I have been planted.

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots out by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never ceases to bear fruit.”

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