CONTRAST: One thing that is strikingly dissimilar to another
This past week-end, I had a moment that one would assume would be moment of complete contrast.
I was climbing at my home crag, Smith Rock, and was reminded by a climbing friend about a party with a band, food and music that he was having that evening. I tend not to entertain invitations like this because most often I am too tired from a day of climbing and I live forty-five minutes away in Bend.
However, this time was different. I had only climbed a half day and I had another engagement that kept me nearby. So going to at least the start of the party would not require much effort. So I decided to go.
Now, the engagement I attended prior to the party was an alumni dinner of the college where I received Biblical training for the various ministry positions I have served in during the past 25 years. At dinner, I bumped into Christian friends from all across Central Oregon, found community as we sang songs of worship to God and listened to the president of the college give a devotional (which is a talk given by a Christian on spiritual topics from the Bible).
Immediately after that I headed to the party. Then there was an open bar being used by with gusto by the guests. Music was rocking. It was your typical adult party scene.
Classic contrast? Well, on the surface one could say that.
But at the party, I did bump into climbing friends from all across Oregon, did find community as three guests competed in a life-size version of Jenga and listened as climbers gave their progress reports on their projects (which is a climb on which they are working out the moves so that one day they will be able to climb it without falling on the rope).
The funny thing was I felt at ease at both events.
Why? Because I care for all people in all the circles of my life. And the most important part of their lives that I care about is their love for Jesus and encouraging them to live in that