Tuesday, March 29, 2011

bagels & coffee...

a while back, our family of 3 went through a difficult season of life. we had about a 6 month stint where we would travel about 1 1/2 hours (1 way) on Sunday morning to go to church. that is a long drive with a 5 year old. but it made the decision easier when Ty would say on Saturday night, "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" "let's go to _______ church." so we would make the journey. all 3 of us excited to hear from God.

i will be honest, in the many years of going to church, I sometimes don't want to go and sometimes I don't "feel" God - which is fine. but in this particular season I speak of, during those 6 months, God would always meet all 3 of us. whether it was worship, or the message, or during a time of meditation and reflection and communion, the tangible presence of God would meet us and strenghten our hearts during that season. God would even show up the minute we walked in the door as we consumed the free bagels and coffee....somehow, God was in every bite and every drink. my husband Andy would find himself in the midst of a difficult week saying, "if I can just get to the bagels & coffee....i can connect with God..."

sometimes God is in bagels & coffee, the drive to work, a walk, a nap, a friend, a song, a movie, etc. sometimes we have challenging seasons, where we have prayed until we have no more words and cried until we have no more tears and we just have to say, "God, meet me in this coffee..." and he does. I don't know how, but he does.

if you find yourself in a tough season - and you are out of prayers and tears and are not sure what else to do....make a cup of coffee and prepare to meet with God....

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