Good stories have the power to stir the passions in our heart.
I received this book in the mail yesterday. I ordered it after seeing a tweet about it. Once I clicked on it and saw the title, Hope Runs An American Tourist, A Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption I knew it was a book I should read. I’m already 100 pages into it. It’s one of those stories that I have a hard time putting down. It stirs something inside me.
That something is hard for me to put into words and to fully explain.
Love Does by Bob Goff had the same sort of effect on me. The similarities? With each word you read, you find yourself saying, Lord, this is it. This is how life is meant to be lived out.
But, at the same time I really only have a vague idea of what that “it” is in this new chapter I am living. It is there, it is all around me but what role do I play? How do I discover it, grab hold of it and run with it? We know that not every one is called to take a year-long trip around the world and end up in Kenya. Not everyone is called to live life just like Mother Teresa lived her life, but we all have an it we are called to live out in our own day-to-day lives.
As the title implies, Hope Runs retells the story of Claire, an American tourist and Sammy, a Kenyan boy. It’s about how these two beautiful lives collide…and each of their lives is forever changed. Yes…that’s what life is about. Right there.
Life circumstances bring Sammy to an orphanage. It’s at that orphanage where Clair and Sammy eventually meet each other. I love this thought from Sammy as he reflects on his first day living at the orphanage, instead of just frequenting it for meals. “When I look back now, I know that day was not all that special. Instead it was just a day like any other day. But that was not how it felt. Sometimes people wait for the best things in their lives, and they are surprised when they happen on a normal day, That normal day was one of the best days of my life.”
This morning I thought about a post I wrote last September. New Normals in a Field of Dreams I’m still adjusting to new normals in my life. As I continue to adjust and figure out where I fit, I don’t want to miss the its happening all around me every single day. Like Sammy, I want to recognize that today, on this normal day, I just may come across something beautiful.
Every interaction you have today can be an it moment.
Today, keep your eyes open. This normal, run of the mill Wednesday could be the best day of your life.