This weekend my wife and I did some traveling. We loaded the kids and a few too many non-essentials into the family mobile and headed to Estes Park (CO) for a couple days away. Clear flowing water, stunning mountain views--a truly beautiful area! In the midst of all that beauty, one thing stuck out about our time away, and it wasn't the stunning aesthetic beauty of the Rockies. Instead, I was reminded of the bond that followers of Jesus Christ experience with each other. We spent time with family (believers) who we had not seen in more than a year--we had an instant connection and enjoyed great conversation. We met an engaging young lady (who we soon found out was a believer) in a store in Estes Park and bonded with her after just a couple moments of friendly conversation.
These experiences reminded me of the truth of Hebrews 2:11 "Both the one who makes men holy (Jesus) and those who are made holy are of the same family." (NIV) The familial connection that followers of Christ experience--being connected to Jesus and subsequently to each other--is evident and can be enjoyed across time, miles, past experience, etc.
Just another privilege of journeying with Jesus!