This week I saw a picture of a giant IKEA banner advertising a 50 cent hotdog. The banner pictured a hotdog blown up to the size of an average human, and in the lower right hand corner a small asterisk stating "not actual size." Really?! I'm not sure if I felt more for the person who approached the IKEA restaurant counter with the expectation of a hotdog the same size as themselves, or for the store who apparently was struggling with meeting the expectations of their customers.
We've all been on both sides of this, right? Having our expectations go unmet, or failing to meet the expectations of those around us. In both scenarios we experience disappointment. And whether this disappointment is large or small, a hotdog or a betrayal of a friend, there is an invitation from the Holy Spirit to journey in- to our stories, to the stories of those around us, to meet us in our expectations, to find grace for ourselves and to extend that grace out to the world around us.
I look forward to exploring how Jesus meets the disciples in these places on Sunday, and testifying to how the Holy Spirit meets us in the same way- our Advocate, Counselor, Comforter, and Encourager who Jesus sends to dwell within us, speaking truth to our darkness, our hurts, and our disappointments. Together we'll explore the beautiful invitation to truly internalize grace for ourselves and the world.
See you Sunday,
Christina lives in Atlantic Beach with her husband and two little ones. She has a BA in English from the University of North Florida with a focus on secondary education. Her and her husband have been a part of Vineyard since their teens and spent many years serving in the youth ministry. She is currently attending the School of Sustainable Faith to become a spiritual director.