Hang out with God long enough and weird things start to happen. Things that some might call “coincidences” come at the most unlikely of places and in the most fascinating ways. I love to watch God work!
When you go on a mission trip with e3 Partners, they give you one of these bracelets and a really cool t-shirt.
The bracelets and the t-shirts are designed to be conversation starters, and to say they work is an understatement. (Just ask Robyn about her many experiences trying to explain why she is second to complete strangers.)
My roommate in Peru was a bubbly little twenty-something named Jada. Jada prays for God to give her unexplainable joy, and trust me when I say that He has not disappointed her. She is so…very…happy. And I love her to pieces.
I’ve only known Jada for a few months, but you get to know someone pretty well when you share a small room with them for ten days.
We’ve kept in touch.
We’ve had lunch.
We text message.
We chat on the phone.
So, when I found out she was spending the night in Birmingham before heading to her second mission trip in almost as many months, I couldn’t resist the urge to take her to dinner and pray over her.
A mission trip send off requires some heavenly food, so I met her and her parents at Leonardo’s fully confident that she would leave carb-loaded and ready to spread some Jesus over India. Her mom needed some comfort food too, because she was nervous about her very precious daughter going to a very foreign place.
We were about 3/4 of the way into our meal, when Jada gasps and blurts out to our waiter: “OH MY GOSH! Are you second? I am too!!!”
I almost choked on my food.
Turns out, our waiter had on an I Am Second bracelet. What are the odds?
Excited conversation followed and we discovered that he had been to India with e3 Partners…not once…not twice …but three times.
Come ON! That is all God all the way!
It makes me want to cry to realize that our God orchestrated that dinner…
…at that particular place
…at that particular table
…with that specific waiter
…on that specific day…
…and he did it, not just so I could ooh and ahh over his awesomeness, but to bring comfort to a nervous mom and encouragement for an obedient daughter.
That is one awesome God that I adore. Praise Him!