Earlier this week, I started my work day as I normally do. Check the emails, respond to any messages, outline my day, la la la. I couldn’t help but notice that I felt a little off. Maybe another cup of coffee? That didn’t change the feeling. How about a slice of pizza? (Yes, cold pizza for breakfast.) Pizza didn’t do it either. I still felt something was off. I checked in with many of my coworkers. What’s my problem?
As I was checking in with everyone I realized what was bothering me. Some of my work family aren’t here, so I can’t check in with them. They are in Richwood, West Virginia, serving the community there. I’m certainly glad they are there doing what they are doing and I am very proud of them.
Since I came to Hosanna, one of the big themes has been Community. Do things together. Work together, learn together, discuss together, laugh together, chances are you’re going to suffer together; but what a blessing it is to be together. It’s always hard on me when the team gets “split up” for the sake of what needs done. I just don’t like the feeling of being separated. Did you ever put two different socks on- one kind of thick like a boot sock and the other thin like a dress sock- it kind of feels like that. Just a little weird.
Then I remembered that Jesus didn’t always keep all of the disciples together, and that sometimes they had to go out in smaller groups or pairs, in order to multiply. I remind myself that being separated doesn’t mean you’re less, it just means that the light has now been multiplied. When we are all together as one big green machine, we are (when we have our heads and hearts in the right place) a bright light, and when we become separated- when the Lord needs some of us here and some of us there- the light doesn’t dim but it becomes more LIGHTS, to work in more places, and to touch more people. How wonderful is that! I think that I would rather have many bright lights on my Christmas tree than just one big shining bulb.
Amen to learning things! Amen to lights!
Dear reader, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing; if you feel a bit lost or a bit disconnected, just let that light shine even brighter, and it will spread!
-Emily Cadenhead, Mission Worker