“They” say you can tell a lot about someone by the company they keep. I do agree with this, to an extent. I have quite a few different circle of friends, depending on where in the world they are located, but here in Israel I don’t really have a close circle of friends at all.
This happened to pop into my head the other day when I was walking down to my gym, and I ran into some ‘aquaintances’ on the way. A group of the Russian homeless guys, who frequent the soup kitchen, were just chillin on some of the benches in the shade. I stopped to say hello and had a brief limited conversation about the heat and such.
After, as I continued my way to the gym, I began thinking about our little encounter, which led me to this conclusion: The only people I really ever meet when I’m out and about are either homeless, refugees, or my landlord (who always seems to be lurking around). Yes, its a big city, but no matter where I go, these seem to be the ones I run into…and they are the ones I actually stop and talk to.
Though I would not really consider talking to them about the desires of my heart, I still end up spending more time talking to them than with others. I think I’m starting to understand Matthew 9: 9-13 on more of a personal level.