WHEN GOD SHOWS UP
I have a passion for sharing stories and finding God in the midst of those stories. Our stories connect us, empower us, and our stories create change within us.
In 2017, I connected with an amazing group of young women. I knew the first time we met these young women were different. There’s something extraordinary about them, and God brought us together in a very unusual way. I met one of the six at Target. God was definitely in this random meeting in the makeup aisle on this particular Saturday.
As I searched for lip tint among thousands and thousands of options (a bit of an exaggeration), a young female asked if I could use some help. Perhaps it was the bewildered look on my face, not sure, but I do know God connected us at that very moment. After a short intro, our exchange led us to a more in-depth conversation on faith. Next thing I know, I’m invited to meet her and her friends at the local Starbucks for their weekly gathering.
A few weeks later, I was introduced to the group. That first evening God unveiled His intentions. It was a crisp fall evening (crisp for Central Florida), and we were gathered around enjoying conversation and coffee surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Winter Garden Villages. I distinctly remember the exact moment when the conversation turned deeper, and it was then that I understood the specialness of these girls. And, the more I get to know them, the more I am confident these girls are genuinely set-apart (to be used for a different or unique purpose).
The girls (I refer to them as the girls, a term of endearment, but they are vibrant strong young women) have a great sense of peace and calm about them. Although they keep busy schedules with their church, families, school, and work, these young 20 somethings are focused. These girls are attentive to God’s word, and they strive daily to live by His word. They reflect on scripture and devotions, and they share with one another about their journey as they seek God’s will.
I quickly learned from our discussions many of the girls do not have social media accounts. Here are six beautiful young women who have many gifts and talents and they rarely spend time on social media. They follow a few Christian blogs and receive devotionals via email, but they limit their time online. They are genuinely present, living in the moment.
A Quiet Presence
Regardless of how busy life gets, these girls have a wonderful sense of peace about them because they are attentive and intentional. They do not allow distractions. What a wonderful lesson for me. These young women are not concerned with likes or follows. They have prioritized what matters most to them, Jesus. It was in that first meet up that I decided I want to be just like them. I want what they have. Yep, this veteran female wants what these young women have…a quiet presence.
Be a Blessing
I just love how God shows up at the most unexpected times such as the makeup aisle at Target. It’s in the everyday activities that we have an opportunity to be a blessing to others. We just need to be present. An unassuming shopping trip turned into a connection that has blessed me in so many ways. These girls welcomed me into their tribe to serve and mentor as they seek their purpose and calling. But, it’s their presence that has truly blessed me, and for this I am grateful. God showed up.My question for you, has God shown up lately in an unexpected way for you? Click To Tweet
When God showed up, did you embrace the opportunity? I encourage you over the next week to be present to His voice. Be still and know He is the way and He will give you joy in the present.
Make the Most of What God Gives (MSG)
“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (MSG)
I’m delighted to share in the past week the “six” increased to “ten” amazingly gifted young women!
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