When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad!
For some reason my sweet husband loves to sing this song, and when he sings it he always adds in a few sound effects. Smile. He always keeps me laughing. Today, although Carl did not sing this song to me, it came to mind because I was literally thinking of some of my favorite things.
This weekend I am going to Hastings, NE, my sweet hometown to speak at the Discover Conference at Hastings College. Just the thought of driving down the streets, seeing the sights, and smelling the smells gets me excited! I don't get to travel back there very often. In fact, I haven't been there in over 3 years, so I am MORE than excited about the weeekend.
Some of my favorite things about this wonderful little town are
Rainbow Fisher Fountain
The gigantic Kool-Aid sign on the side of the Museum
Hunan's Chinese Restaurant
Stopping on a “major” street to wait for the ducks from Hartwell to cross
The way the town smells different depending on which way the wind blows
My old house (even though I haven't been there in 13 yrs)
Raymond A Watson Elementary School
Keystone Baptist Church
Football games at the old college stadium
Late night Amigos runs
The Junior High gym
The High School track
The list could go on and on, and you may not have a connection with any of them, but to me just the thought of these things puts a smile on my face. My hearts sighs in relief knowing that we are going “home” this weekend. It will be baby Hergy's first trip to Nebraska! I know that I won't sleep the night before my flight and that I'll be giddy the entire day before. I'm sure Carl will be more than happy to put me on that plane because I will probably drive him nuts from now until then.
As I was thinking about the peace that comes over me, mixed with the joy that errupts from my heart as I think of these things, I began to think about Jesus. I began to think back to the way I loved Him when I lived in this sweet Mid-West town. And I began to reminisce about how and when I fell in love with my Savior.
I was still very young when I fell in love. After church one Sunday night I was brushing my teeth to go to bed, and in my own childlike way, through a mouth-full of toothpaste I told Jesus that I loved Him and I wanted Him to reign over my heart and my life. It was a simple act of love, but one that I'll never forget. And since that night, Jesus and I have been in a love relationship. Like most relationships, we have had great times together and tough times together. We have had seasons of deep intimacy and seasons where I have held Him at arms length. But through it all Jesus has always been there for me.
Today, I want you to take time to stop and and think back to when you first met Jesus. I'd love to hear about your encounter with Jesus. Feel free to comment on any of the following questions:
What was it about Him that drew you to Him?
What is your favorite verse that you memorized when you first began your walk with Jesus?
What attribute do you cherish about your Savior?
Share a special memory you have from early on when you fell in love with Jesus?
I can't wait to reminisce with you about your journey. For me, when I am in a desert place spiritually, it is encouraging to me to remember what first drew me to Jesus. I pray you are encouraged in your walk today as you reminisce about your own relationship with Jesus.