This past weekend, I set out for adventure with my four littles in tow. We enjoyed our mini retreat in our RV, the swimming, the parks, and feeding a few deer. I didn’t sleep well, nor did I pack for the heat, so I did what any creative mommy might do on very little sleep–I drove to town in my air-conditioned car and perused a few garage sales. My treasure trove of purchased bargains consisted of one sticky toy cash register for our kids–a flop in the shopping department but a score in another.
Twice, women told me on two separate instances, that I looked familiar. I find it ironic because it happens to me a lot and it doesn’t matter which town, city, or state I’m in at the moment. Familiarity is an in interesting thing to consider. Is it the eyes, the smile, the voice, or the mannerisms that makes someone feel so comfortable and safe enough to reach out and ask? What makes someone familiar to you?
I’m drawn to a few friends in my life who remind me of my Aunt Judy. Is it the way their mouths move, the mannerisms of their hands, or they way they impart wisdom into my life like my aunt did that makes them familiar? I feel such joy when these women spend time with me and I know God is remembering too.
A familiar town, a familiar church family, a familiar job, or a familiar stranger–I think there’s comfort in these things. I hope my familiar face will continue to bring some peace and joy to those I meet–wherever I go. Deep down, I’m pretty sure, it’s simply the familiarity of Jesus’ love, His grace, and His fruit in me that stands out to those I meet. Isn’t that a beautiful thought? We all have the opportunity before us each day to show the same familiarity and connect with another human being. I now see the opportunities that can arise from that–the love, the conversation, and the life altering testimony.
The next time someone asks, “Hey, you look familiar–have we ever met before?”
I’ll choose to see it as an opening door to show God’s love and an opportunity to encourage someone who may need it at that very moment.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Galatians 6:9-10 New International Version (NIV)