Just the other day, on a hot summer afternoon I had a most interesting encounter and what could be considered a life altering experience in Smoothie King. I sat in my car for a little while but the A.C. just wasn’t getting cool enough and this was my opportunity to get a slurpee…next to ice-cream who can think of anything better on a hot summer afternoon? Perhaps, we could if we thought hard enough but let’s move right to the purpose of this post! 😉
While cooling off I began speaking with two gentlemen who looked like interns in the area but they were traveling mormons assigned to this region of the U.S. Before I knew it we were exchanging thoughts about Jesus and the call to share their faith. Although, we do not think the same it was interesting to learn why they find it so important to devote two years to being a missionary before entering a traditional mainstream career.
As I made my way to the counter, the employee began to shake his head and made the statement “I just don’t understand how people can believe that stuff” I asked if he could explain what he meant and he began to share he was once a church goer but now he wasn’t sure what to believe anymore and why certain things happen…the employee began to share his thoughts on evolution while we discussed Jesus and the core of what we believe as Christians. It was amazing to think just a couple days before I was praying alongside my husband that God leads us to people who are hungry and who desire to know Him! Here I was in a very ordinary place, around every day people who desired to know truth and for someone to plant a seed of the Word that would demonstrate just how real God is and how we were created in His image! After answering questions and sharing examples in the scripture I left my business card as a point of contact for a future bible study. I know even if I never see that employee again it was God’s plan for me to be there to plant a seed in that particular moment. Even if someone else is to come and water that seed that was planted, the opportunity was given to fulfill a specific purpose in that God-given time.
All of this brings me to the chapter I am reading in Captivating that talks about “God’s Heart for Relationship” Not only was man created in God’s image, but woman was too. Why would we want to be derived from anything else-like an animal that evolved into human when the Bible tells us God made man in His image…God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:26-31) the Lord created us in the form we are in today, even knowing the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7)
As a woman, we have so much to discover that lies within the creature and the creator who created everything! As He knows so much about us, shouldn’t we have a heart and desire to know all we can of Him and the splendor of His majesty! There is truly an infinite amount of possibilities to discover when we search for Jesus with all our heart! who we are in Christ! “The vast desire and capacity a woman has for intimate relationships in fact, this may be the most important thing we ever learn about God-that he years for relationship with us. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know, the only true God” (John 17:3). The whole story of the Bible is a love story between God and his people. He yearns for us. He cares. He has a tender heart.” (pg. 28)
We are relational, yes! as it is highlighted in “Captivating” women especially love to foster, nurture and create new relationships, it is exciting for us and rightly so! Over the past few summer weeks we have established new relationships through GOAL’s “Esther’s Circle Book Club” and how exciting it has been to see how different we relate to each other and distinctly how we relate to our maker, Jesus! Below are three of the many questions we will discuss this weekend as we meet and tour in the city of Locust Grove. Feel free to answer the questions below to be apart of the discussion and see which other Esther’s are posting on their blogs by visiting here.
- Which way do you tend to go? Controlling and driven or desolate and needy?
- How does that play out in your life?
- Where do you take the ache in your heart if you don’t take it to God?