Guest blogger HUGer Audrey
Today I had the privilege of going to the Porto Rafti market. When I heard that we had to buy certain things ourselves, I got a little nervous. I knew that was what we were going to do, but the reality and closeness of it kind of hit me. I don’t know why I got nervous; I think the language barrier is more intimidating to me than I realize. So, I was instantly relieved when my little slip of paper obviously said “bananas” and I was paired with Summer. We got our bananas fairly quickly, but then we walked with Daniel as he tried to find what he thought were pineapples. I won’t go into the play-by-play, but it became obvious to me as each vendor realized they didn’t have what he needed but then proceeded to point us onward to different people that this group of individuals were not just competing forces.
These people were a community. And that was really refreshing to me. In America, at least where I’m from, most stores are in constant competition with one another, always trying to one-up. But here, each vendor was willing to let a customer go because they thought another would be better equipped to help. I really admired that. I also loved their fellowship. Just walking through the market was refreshing to my soul. I think it was because 1) it was just a beautiful morning, and 2) everyone that I could see seemed content and at peace. Sure, they were yelling out prices and products, but everything just seemed right in the world. I am trying to think why this particular outing brought me so much joy. I think it was the naturalness of it. I was taking part in a communion of people who were in accord with one another, which is exactly what we were created for. I crave community naturally, as a human being; I got a taste of that here. Isn’t that wonderful, that we are created for each other? That God designed us to crave love and vulnerability? The more and more I am here and surrounded by community-based people rather than schedule-based people, the more I realize just how beautiful community is and just how valuable communing in Jesus is together.