Saturday, March 3, 2012

Unexpected airplane blessings

Never did I EVER imagine that I would make a friend on my flight today. I fully intended on getting on the plane, sticking my headphones in my ears, and falling asleep. I did fall asleep before take-off, but I didn't put my headphones in for some reason. When I woke up, the girl next to me asked about my knee brace. Usually I hate this question, it usually annoys me that it's the first thing people ask me. It didn't bother me this time though, I was perfectly  fine with talking to her about it. Turns out she had a knee injury too, so we got to talking about it.

We kept talking, about our schools and majors, and we soon found out we are both really into working for non-profit organizations. Within minutes, this girl and I had so much in common and formed a sort of friendship that I never thought I would have developed on just a flight to AZ.

Let me tell you, this girl is on FIRE for the Lord. She is doing so many awesome things at Georgetown and in her hometown of Las Vegas. We both have passion for abolishing human trafficking, and we talked about our experiences and stories for so long. We shared our testimonies and how God has been blowing our minds and leading us to so many amazing things that we never expected for ourselves. The more we talked, the more I just was so in awe of my Creator and how He works.

God works in the details. There are SO many people that could have been in that seat next to me, but it was TaJ. I could have put my headphones in and been totally unavailable for conversation, but I didn't. I could have packed my knee brace instead of worn it, and there might not have been a reason for her to strike up conversation. We could have missed the flight and not been there at all. But God orchestrated everything so flawlessly, leading to the most unexpected and beautiful blessing that is just still blowing my mind.

I'm in the Denver airport now, killing time on a layover, and I'm just sitting her still so amazed by the Lord of the Universe and all that He does. It was so reaffirming and encouraging for me to talk to her. I needed that reminder that God is at work no matter where I go, and no matter what I'm doing. I've been so focused on seeing my friends and being back in AZ that I sort of put that out of my mind a little, but God just radically reminded me that He is sovereign and in control and working all things together for my good and His glory.

Not to mention, TaJ is working to start her own non-profit and needs a graphic designer to help her out, and wants me to be the one to do it. SERIOUSLY?! God, you are INCREDIBLE. So so so good, in every way.

The coolest part of our whole conversation, even though there were many, as we have so many passions and beliefs and thoughts in common, was this one statement she made. She told me that I'm a mirror of Christ's life. That I'm mirroring how Jesus lived and loved. I was floored. First of all, what a truly beautiful and humbling compliment. To be even remotely referred to as anything like Christ is just so unbelievable as I know I'm galaxies away from anything close to Him. But the coolest part of all was that Vianne had told me the same thing several months ago. To hear the same words coming out of the mouth of a total stranger just blew me away. Vianne knows me so deeply and thoroughly, and she has seen me go through so much. TaJ just met me, and really knows very little about who I am, but she saw Jesus in me.

I just can't even wrap my head around that. I can't comprehend it. It's all Him working through me, and I'm just so humbled that He would choose me to be a vessel for furthering His kingdom.

So humbled. So honored. So blessed.

Reminiscing on AZ in times past

Here are the hits and highlights from my last trip to AZ...back before junior year of high school.

Meeting Alex for the first time, at the airport!

D-backs game with the girls!

Paradise <3


Best friend in the world.

The girls

Fireworks on 4th of July

So short. But 4th of July!

Hanging out at CCC

Making a million and ten friendship bracelets...

Can't wait to make so many more memories this time visiting.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Arizona anticipation

In 24 hours, I'll be on a plane landing in my hometown in the middle of the desert in Arizona. It's been about three years since the last time I was there, and I'm just so dang excited to go back.

Arizona is home. It's where all my memories of growing up are from, it's where I lived for the majority of my life, it's where all my best friends in the world are, it's just the best place in the world. I know it's going to be a whirlwind of a week- both familiar and unfamiliar sights and places and experiences, both friends I've known my whole life and friends I'll meet for the first time, trying to cram years of being apart into being together for just 7 short days. But I can't wait. I know it's going to be the best feeling in the world to be back there, and the worst feeling in the world when I have to leave again.

I can't wait for sunsets that paint the sky in the most vivid colors I've ever witnessed, and for just being able to revel in the beauty of His creation. I can't wait for cacti and rocks instead of grass and pine trees. I can't wait for sun instead of gross Harrisonburg rain and snow and cold gross weather.

I just can't wait. Tomorrow will be the best day in a long, long time.