I had the beautiful opportunity to see Jesus Culture live in concert last night and it was EVERYTHING I expected and more!
When you think Jesus Culture, you think Kim Walker-Smith first, but Bryan and Katie Torwalt were the ones who represented Jesus Culture here in Boston last night – which was the absolute coolest thing for me!
I came to know and love Jesus Culture through Bryan and Katie!
They are the artistes of the first album I ever bought, which was MAJOR at the time because I never bought music; Once upon a time #TeamDownloadForFree! I heard their songs at a time when I was cleaning the junk from my music library and told myself I would support their ministry by buying their album.
I love Bryan and Katie.(Have I said that already?)
I love how they get to travel the world as a couple with one purpose: presenting and celebrating Jesus in the utterly beautiful way that they do!
Being the sucker for Love that I am, I think they have the best.job.ever! – being able to talk about the greatness and the realness of God together, forever! It doesn’t get much better than that!
In the midst of worship, I (of course!) took the time to admire how Bryan just looks at Katie every once in a while. So beautiful!! ?But that’s a topic for another day! Haha!
Days like this remind me of the Beauty of the life we get to live as Christians!
I remember selecting the San Francisco campus during my application process and being so excited about it until in a dream one day, The Lord asked “why don’t you go to Boston?”. Now, in my few ‘days’ of walking with Him, I know for sure that such questions are rhetorical!
“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” – John 6: 5-6
I have had enough grief about choosing a campus in the (almost) Alaska of the United States when I had 4 other options. Honestly, I wonder the same sometimes! And as senseless as it may seem, my only answer is: because He told me to!To be honest, it hasn’t been the easiest answer to give especially in the midst of the frustration that comes with moving to a city with no family, therefore having to figure out everything from scratch.
The saddest thing about bearing the name of Christ is just bearing it. Not being able to know and live with your advantage, to me, is the most unfortunate situation we as Christians could ever find ourselves in. I’ll be the first to admit that it did take me a while to understand that the reason to my everything is Jesus. I need to learn to give that answer to any and everyone that asks with no apologies whatsoever. The earlier I get that, the faster I run.
He’s the reason my hair grows so fast. He’s the reason I no longer struggle with breakouts on my face. He’s the reason salads with dressing are the least attractive to me because I’d rather chew those leaves raw. He’s the reason I can bake the juiciest chicken as a plant-based eater with absolutely no desire to partake. He’s the reason I’m making you shake your head at me for at least one of the sentences you just read! ?
Everything about me (and you, and everyone that is saved) is because Jesus is and (you and)I could save (ourselves)myself some good energy by trying not to justify WHY that is so.
To some, it may sound so trivial that God has anything to do with which campus I go to or which food I eat. Sitting at my desk, writing this, as my bucket list gets one activity shorter, I can again -with all my heart- say: “Thank You, Jesus!” for your relentless Love that never gives up on me!
I am reminded again how doomed I am when I am left alone with my emotions and ‘bright ideas’ (and my Boyfriend will do a fantastic job at telling where those take me sometimes! ?)
I could be enjoying some warmth in San Fran but here I am freezing, dreading every instance to walk in the cold and loving every bit of it. I don’t know about anybody else, but I can boldly say -regardless of what my numbed fingers and ice cold feet think/feel – that I wouldn’t have it any other way because My God is an Ever-Faithful, Ever-Sure God and He never changes His mind or miscalculates.
Not knowing exactly what lies ahead sucks sometimes and my friends in business school will tell you. But it’s moments like this that keep me resting assured, knowing who goes before me and who stands behind.
It’s definitely moments like this that give a glimpse of Paul’s confidence when he wrote the church in Philippi saying: ‘that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’
I’m reminded all over again, today, as always to be content with that and only that!
Great old New England and I, will forever have a Love relationship because of Jesus!
#JCOneNights #JesusCulture #HouseOfBlues
P.S – Please excuse my voice which tries to be a diva in situations such as this.