So… I’m aware that the blog has been woefully neglected over the last week.
I’m super sorry!
But I’ve been super-crazy-fantastically busy.
Turning 30 and all that jazz.
You might think that’s a bad excuse… But, it’s sadly the only one I have.
I’ll make up for it by posting THIS blog, with about a katrillion photos included so you can really share in the experience…
So, on Wednesday I turned 30.
And me and my friends celebrated with style.
I actually went out for a few different meals this week with small groups of friends, but we had a big party yesterday.
Or more like, four of my best friends here organised and threw me and huge party yesterday and about 60 more of my friends joined to celebrate.
I’ve honestly never been thrown a party like it.
They baked these epic cakes…
And made this epic wall of my greatest-last-year moments…
They directed people to the house we were throwing the party in by posting posters of me all over the neighbourhood…
And then we had an awesomely fun night of BBQ food, marshmallows, music, photos, and a lot of a lot of a lot of laughter.
My friend even beatboxed a song for me as I blew out the candles on my cake.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of work my friends had put in.
I was just overwhelmed the whole night.
People were so generous. I was opening presents until 1am, and am still blown away by the gifts and messages and beautiful love that they expressed.
I am still overwhelmed.
I’ve lived in Japan just over a year now and this was so much more than I expected.
In some ways it’s more than I feel I deserve.
Accepting love on that scale is actually a little uncomfortable at times… Because you know you really don’t deserve it. People are choosing to love you in ways greater than your actions merit.
It kind of feels like your friends are doing ‘too much’…
And in that thought, right there, God hit me with a tiny insight into His heart.
My housemate Ayumi often says the words, ‘I feel like God’s does too much’.
She means it when she’s describing His grace toward us. That Jesus loved us enough to do everything to be close to us, that He died for us, that He rose from the dead so we could have hope for now and eternity, that He forgave us, that He ran to us when we were lost in our sin and our mess and our despair and rescued us. But she also means it because the abundance of Holy Spirit in our lives still pours over in each and every day. He provides us us. He uses us. He pours out more joy and love into our hearts that we deserve or expect. He expresses His beautiful love towards us in extravagant ways.
It feels like He just does too much.
That He doesn’t just forgive our past, but He restores our futures.
Fully. Completely. Amazingly.
And so this morning I was thanking God for my friends. But I was also reminded that their love towards me is a picture of God’s love towards me. His abundant, cosmos-shifting, earth-changing, ferocious love.
I am SO thankful.
One of the greatest gifts two of my friends bought me yesterday was a polaroid camera. They took photos of us all yesterday and made me a memory-book of the evening. So let me leave you with a few of my favourites, and a ton of my favourite people.
I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH THAT MY HEART COULD BURST!