The Sisterhood of the Traveling Refrigerator

In 2001 there was this book named “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” I didn’t read it, and I don’t really know what it’s about, but I do know how to look at Wikipedia which is always accurate – right? According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the book was a coming of age story where this pair of pants that was shared between a wide set of girlfriends, and the pants served as “a symbol of the girls’ unique bond.” I don’t have a pair of traveling pants, but we do have a sort of sisterhood/brotherhood of the traveling refrigerator.

Two years ago we bought this mini refrigerator for our daughter when she went away for her first year in college. That little two foot friend held all of her snacks and drinks as she made her way through her first, significant, freshman year in college at Asuza Pacific University. The next year she didn’t need it, so we shared it with her cousin when she started her first year in college at Point Loma University. Now this week we’re handing it off to our adoptive nephew as he begins his freshman year at UC Davis. I was looking at this traveling refrigerator this morning as it sat in my garage, waiting to go to its next college home, and I smiled at the generosity of God in my life. God is the one who made it possible for my daughter to go to college. He made it possible for us to give her a mini refrigerator in our her dorm. Long ago, all I had in my dorm were my clothes and my Samsonite luggage. God made it possible for us to share that refrigerator with our extended family, and He made it possible for us to be so surrounded by so many great people in our lives who love us and who we love so much in return. I know it’s just a refrigerator, but that traveling refrigerator is one more reason for me to be so incredibly grateful to God for the outpouring of His undeserved goodness. Do you have anything like that in your life – something you can look at and be reminded of God’s underserved kindness to you?

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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