Genesis 32:30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.” 31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip. (The injury he received from wrestling with God)
“What beautiful scars you have…”
Not really a sentence you hear often.
But recent events in my life have led me to see, that sometimes, that’s exactly what they are.
In case you haven’t heard, this past week my wife and I announced that we’re planting a church here in Orlando, FL. That was pretty exciting. So was all your support and love! So many friends have reached out to us since the announcement to encourage, speak life and destiny over our family and our church.
But our closest friends, have all said the same thing. What they love most about this new adventure is the name: Journey Church.
If you’re not familiar with our story, last year, our son, Journey Joseph Vasquez was born, held, kissed, and surrounded by family, went to be with Jesus.
The most terrible 7 hours of my life.
At the time Liz and I had already felt God’s calling on our lives to plant a church. And back then, we actually had another name for the church.
But when Journey died, everything changed.
We would never be the same. We are not the same. And we knew that would be the case.
What we never expected though, were for other people never to be the same.
Journey became more than just our son, more than just our scar.
Pregnant moms wrote in to my wife, sharing they were about to abort their babies – but that his fight for life inspired them to keep their children.
People fighting through sickness wrote in, that even though Journey had died, his life had encouraged them that their healing was on the way.
All of this healing, and hope, and faith…was coming from our pain.
Our church is not named after our son.
It’s named after the belief – that sometimes your scars are the most beautiful thing about you.
That sometimes seeing your past, is what what another person needs to see their future. Sometimes your hurt, is what helps another person heal.
Jacob walked with a limp from that day on.
He was probably made fun of.
He was probably stared at in crowded rooms.
People probably wondered what horrible thing he had done, or had been done to him that caused it.
But I think Jacob limped…with a smile.
“I dare you…”
“ASK ME WHY I WALK LIKE THIS…”
And I can’t wait for people to ask me about our church…
If you’d like to learn more about Journey Church, how we plan on shifting a city, how to get connected, when our next gathering is, Visit Our Website
If you want to see a cool short story: Watch the Story of Journey Church.