I am sitting at Starbuck’s on my lunch break. This isn’t my usual place to have lunch which is evidenced by my surprise that there is a guy here in jeans and flip-flops enjoying what could in all probability be his usual morning cup of Joe at one o’clock in the afternoon. At least that is the story that I made up in my head about him.
I’ve deviated from my usual routine for two reasons: it is a beautiful day outside and my car needed to be washed before I head to the beach tomorrow.
You might wonder why I chose to wash my car before heading to the beach, and I have one word for you: pride. I was just too ashamed for my friend, Lil, to see the dog hair and dirt that has accumulated from having a very rambunctious lab who lives to be in some sort of wet medium which hopefully is a nearby lake but is often a mud puddle.
As my car is being washed, I thought I’d catch up on some bible study. Me and the peeps are wrapping up the last couple of weeks of Kelly Minter’s study No Other Gods. I’m kind of weary of waiting for God on a particular issue right now that, frankly, just seems impossible.
Focusing on my bible study, Kelly begins to recount a football game she went to recently. She convinced her friend to leave the game early because it was apparent from the score that their team was going to lose. As they left the stands she remarked about how silly the fans were in the stadium for holding out hope that they could make a comeback.
I’m sure you can see where this is going, but for the record…
When she got home later that night, she was met with “You’ll never believed what happened!” Turns out…her team ended up making a comeback and winning the game.
She writes: “And only crazy committed fans whom I pitied on the way out got to enjoy it. They were loyal and unflinching in their dedication. But mostly, they just stayed.”
So that was God’s message to me. Just stay the course, Nikol. Just stay.
Coincidentally, a lyric from a song playing over the speakers caught my attention in a jaw-dropping way:
Just don’t give up
I’m working it out
Please don’t give in
I won’t let you down…
Wow! I live for clear God-moments like this. I shall weep now.