Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My kind of Church.

So God is Awesome. If you don't know that, you should.

So two weeks ago, I had the chance to talk/pray with a really sweet girl. She was hurting and needing someone to talk to. That's always intimidating. I always wonder if I'll have the right words to say. I wonder if I will do any good at all.

We spent some time together. Talking. Praying.

She was on my heart in a crazy way. I started contacting people I knew to try to find other people she could connect with. Someone to help her find a job. Someone to give her some hope.

Oddly enough (or just in God's timing...) I had a chance to go to another girl's house from church. Let's be honest - I knew who she was from other friends, but really, our friendship was a cyber one...established through facebook and we decided to take it to the next step. Good thing it worked out for us.

Anyway...while I was with her, she mentioned that our women's minister had asked her about inviting the girl I met with to Bible Study. So I did. And the 3 of us went to Bible Study tonight.

Then we went to Starbucks. My cyber friend (turned "REAL" friend) invited her best friend to join us...and the four of us sat outside Starbucks tonight for almost 4 hours. We talked. We shared our struggles. We talked about our past. We talked about our future. We talked about being patient and waiting for God. We talked about how we all need Jesus.

And I look at this night, and I am amazed that God, in his infinite wisdom and divine timing, knew before we did that we'd all be sitting there together. 4 girls who didn't know each other before, finding SO much in common (even shared friends & experiences).

Tonight was church. Maybe not the "normal" kind. No building. No pews. No music. But it was so real. So good. And I am so thankful for the chance to experience it.


Don said...

Reading your post was such a great way to start my day, Kristi. Thanks for sharing your evening. Love you!

Rick said...

Dad said it perfectly.

Heidi said...

I love you too Kristi. You're a good example and an inspiration. It's so easy to be blind to opportunities such as this one.

You're awesome and I'm so glad we're friends.

Sarah B. said...

That kind of Church is always an awesome experience..thanks for sharing.

AMankin said...

you are so right. That IS church. and it is so SO GOOD.

Lyn said...

What a beautiful post about a beautiful evening. I'm so happy for you.

SingingShrink said...

That's the way church was supposed to be anyway. People getting together to hang and talk about life, sharing food and Starbucks (or whatever they had in Acts 2), and discussing what God is doing in their lives. Great post!

The Unlikely Pastor's Wife said...

I love Church like that.
so beautiful.