Shortly after I moved to Seattle some friends of mine who worked for Invisible Children at the time were in town for a few weeks and were doing a showing of their new movie. As I stood in the back of the auditorium I had a guy walk up to me and begin to spout off about his love for the non profit To Write Love on Her Arms as he heard I was from Orlando.
He told me of how he was passionate about the organization and how it had helped him through numerous hardships. My selfishness got in the way and honestly, I labeled him as something insignificant. He was “The awkward TWLOHA kid” who came out of left field and thought it was o.k. to share life with me without really first knowing me.
Two years went by and I would wonder about this kid from time to time. Never really sure why this meeting would continue to pop up in my mind.
About 6 months ago I began to regularly attend a weekly arts based group lead by one of the pastors at my church. I watched as a new face appeared and in front of me a story began to unfold.
I met my friend Devon in this group and over the course of a few months he grew to become one of the best friends I’ve ever had. I was able to hear his story, walk with him, and watch how he became like a brother and a regular part of my community here in Seattle.
I realized a couple months into knowing him that he was the guy I had met two years ago. He was the one that showed that one of my most natural tendencies is to be a complete dick to people who don’t fit into a certain mold that I deem comfortable to fit into.
We are able to laugh about this now as Devon has become a brother, a part of my family that I know will still be a vital part of my life years down the road. And in this, I’ve come to be nothing but thankful for Jesus putting this dude in my life. Devon has a story, much bigger than one I could ever create. Much bigger than that of an awkward dude wearing a To Write Love shirt, and it is one that I am so thankful I get to be apart of.
So, meet Devon.
We went on a short drive this morning to Ballard. Unfortunately he got sick with food poisoning the night before and wasn’t feeling too great, but he stuck it out and was a total trooper.