This was from this week’s beach party. One of the girls that joined us this Sunday saw all of our longboards and wanted to start learning how, so a couple of us started riding along the boardwalk with her. It was at sunset and as a fellow HUJI queen she wanted to have a moment to take photos. This was the result.
This second photo was from Tuesday after teaching night. It’s become a tradition to go out together to a restaurant called BJ's after teaching night because they have their famous Pizookies for 3$. If you don’t know, a Pizookie is a giant cookie in a personal pizza pan that comes straight out of the oven with two scoops of ice cream on top. I don’t think I have to tell you they are well worth the 3 dollars and stomachache of eating the entire thing to yourself. They do have mini ones but they're more expensive than the big ones on Tuesdays so like… obviously you have to get the giant one.
On Wednesday we had our first out event which is when our Fam works as a missional community and goes out to places near us and join the people as a way to connect and bring The Kingdom into different areas. Our Fam broke off into smaller groups and about 11 of us decided to watch a softball game but after getting the wrong address/date, changing our plan to go to campus, realizing that campus was empty because school was on break, and finally arriving at a different softball game we sat down with only about an hour left of the game.
The park we were at had a bunch of various fields, courts, and running trails, so a couple of us wanted to explore what else was going on as well. We found a group of people across the field playing Quidditch, which is the game played in Harry Potter on broomsticks, and I wanted to talk to them to see what it was all about. They had adapted the game to be played on the ground, and apparently they have huge tournaments in LA from all across the state and there happened to be a team here in San Diego. Long story short I was able to get one of the girl’s numbers, and they all invited us to come to play or watch their practices anytime and hang out.
Unfortunately they changed their practice time to Thursday instead of Wednesday, so I have work and can't make it to their practices, but I was still proud of myself for being able to walk up to strangers and start a conversation that could lead to more opportunities to build relationships etc. (sometimes you have to celebrate the little victories, ya know?) It’s amazing that through many frustrations of trying to find a place in the community to go God brought us exactly to where He knew we needed to be. We can set so many plans for our lives and our days but in the end God's plan will always be better than what we could even imagine. It can be such a blessing when our plans don’t work out the way we imagine because it can show us that his will and his design is always far greater than our own. I don’t know what would have happened if that first softball game had actually been going on but I never would have ended up at the other park where I met these people and where God gave me the opportunity, courage, and confidence to meet them in the first place. God is so good.