While we were at the dealership, I was rounding the corner to the restroom when I heard my name. Soon, I saw a NewSong member! She asked what she could do to help and then introduced me to the manager and told him to accept our offer on the car. (Ha! I love when people are that honest.) It worked! Her influence was invaluable in helping us. As the day progressed, she continued to help us with the car and when it had to stay in the shop, she ended up driving me home!
But the best part was that I got to hear her story. I got to hear how God has changed her life and the hope the He brings her each day.
It was amazing. Flat-out amazing! And so encouraging!
I'm of the opinion that we don't share our stories enough, but I think it's because we don't know them. In this rat race of a world, we rarely take the time to step back and look at our lives outside of one day at a time. When I finally do that, I see God's beautiful artistry. But I have to take the time to recount my days and find the thread of God weaving each one of those days together. I'll tell you what- she had done that! She sees everything that God has done for her and it was so beautiful and humbling to listen to her story of God's work in her life.
Fast-forward a few days.
On Sunday, we ate lunch at my parents' house. After 3 burgers and watching soccer, Justen fell fast asleep on the couch.
Olivia, who is 5 years old, taught me a very important lesson. She really wanted to play in the other room, but we had to pass the sleeping Justen. She took very careful steps not to wake him up and instructed me to do the same. She used her whispering voice, crouched low behind the couch and made sure not to make a lot of noise so that we didn't wake him up. She didn't even want to turn on the light in the next room in case it would wake him up. She colored in the dark and whispered the whole time.
"Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, 'Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.'"
If we treated everyone with as much respect and regard as Olivia treated the sleeping Justen, this world would be a different place. No wonder God told us to be more like them.
This week reminded me that no matter what is going on, whether I'm buying a new car or playing after Sunday lunch, listening to other people is one of the greatest chances I have of seeing God. The Bible says we were created in the image of God and I sincerely believe that. When I look up from my phone and start actually talking to people, I see Him. I see Him at work in others' lives. I see Him in the children. I see Him in the stories that people recount.
I see Him in you.
On June 29th, we sang:
"Lift the Name" by NewLife Worship
"Nothing But the Blood" by Andy Cherry
"My Hope" by Paul Baloche feat. Kathryn Scott
and "Carry Your Name" by Christy Nockels