Saturday, November 13, 2010

the salt of the earth.

i'm finally sitting down to write, heart so full from the beauty and radiant joy of the kato wedding, happily exhausted from getting down on the dance floor with the handsomest boy in the room (as well as other dear seattle friends).

strangely, as i sit down at the end of a day glimmering with gladness and love, the thing i want to share with you is quite serious.  it is actually about the call to be present at an entirely different kind of party than a wedding, a call that i have been pondering of late:

"Just as Jesus 2,000 years ago spent his time at parties, engaging with the disreputable and apparently non-religious, so today He seems surprisingly comfortable among the crowds of the party-goers, the nonreligious pilgrims of our time.  Perhaps He longs that we would vacate our buildings from time to time, that we would turn our temples into tabernacles, that we would become like Him, the friend of sinners.  We are the light of the world, but no one wants to stare at the bulb.  We are the salt of the earth, but a plate of the stuff will make you sick.  The people of God are called to scatter and mix, to mingle and move, to influence from a position of weakness, like a small child in a large family, like yeast in a load, like a mustard seed beneath a pavement."
 [pete greig, red moon rising]

thanks to pete greig, thanks to danni reaves, thanks to the Holy Spirit, i have been thinking quite a bit about what it would mean for me to get out of my sanitized bubble of comfort.  and also what it would mean for me to interact with people who are different than me, especially those who are hurting or lost or marginalized, by meeting them where they're at, quite literally.  even if that means going into places and situations that feel very foreign and very uncomfortable to me.  it is in these places that one can discover the people truly longing for Jesus.  it is also in these places, i think, where we will encounter Him most tangibly--for in Scripture, we always find Jesus with those who don't pretend to have it together (those who acknowledge their need for something other than an iphone and a social life and a nice car to feel satisfied).  

Jesus, mold me into an image of You.

2 comments:

  1. sarah, you're truly a growing person. i know it is easy to stay where you feel comfortable, especially when you feel justified in that comfortability. but i am proud of you for looking into spreading yourself into new places and meeting people literally where they are at. this is the girl i know who went to urban plunge, and hung outside on the front steps of clackamas community center. keep going to new an unexpected places, for those are where the stories are kept.

    all of my love,
    danni

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  2. i'll go with you into these places. whenever I get the chance.

    and we'll be two pieces of salt that hopefully isn't too much for people to bear.

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