Monday, February 25, 2013

An Unexpected Blessing

I realize from the title you may think I'm blogging again about the Snow Day I was given for tomorrow, but that's not what I want to share tonight. I want to share about my afternoon yesterday. I had lunch with two new friends who had me grinning the rest of the day after lunch yesterda, and today as well.

When I first moved here I met this married couple who were (are) the sweetest people. In fact, when I first got here, I attended the 10:45am service, and I sat by them regularly. Next thing I knew, I was on shuttles and attending Saturday Night Service, and didn't see them very much at all. That's pretty common around here, as we are such a big church and have three services that have over 500 people each service. *grin*

About a year ago, I saw them at a Saturday Night Service, and did a silent happy dance in my head. Since then we have talked occasionally but I really didn't know much about them. Until yesterday...

They invited me out to eat lunch after shuttles yesterday, and we went to Applebee's! We sat and talked for about two hours. I REALLY enjoyed it. To see others in love with the Lord was so much fun for me. The encouragement given and received on both sides was great, and I really thought a lot about that afterward.

Not everyone has the gift of encouragement, unfortunately. I think the older I get, the more I realize how much of a gift that really is this side of Heaven. To simply encourage another in the Lord (or in anything really) is such a simple thing, yet some people just can't seem to encourage. I'll admit, it perplexes me on pretty much a daily basis. However, I don't ever stay in that thought pattern. You want to know why?

I don't stay in that perplexed thought-life because God gives me unexpected lunches, friends to sit by in the Prayer Room, friends to drive shuttles with, and a family that has the unconditional love thing down-to-an-art to remind me that while some people don't have that gift, there are even more people that DO. *grin*

I look forward to what God has in store for me in this amazing friendship. He's also opening doors for me in other relationships on the Base. I'm so excited. Friends. Ah, He is faithful to bring us what we need right when we need it!


1 comment:

Dad said...

I have a suggestion for you in regard to the car parking on your side of the driveway. The next time it happens write a note and put it under the car's windshield wiper (put it in a zip-lock if it's snowing) something like:
Your car is parked on my driveway. This concerns me because I wouldn't be able to get my car out of the garage in case of emergency. Please don't be a jerk and park here in the future.
God bless you.
Shannon Springer