20 November 2009

"some people come into our lives and quickly go. some stay awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same." -unknown

have you looked for God deep within your personal relationships?

does He have a presences there?

i was reflecting back this evening and thinking what a "God thing" it was that i have the close group of friends that i do. granted, i can't emphatically say that each one was entirely God led. sometimes, i think free-will was involved because i just don't think i was listening every time God was trying to lead me.

take for example my relationship with my best friend. we both ended up in a summer college class on linguistics. yes, it was as boring as it sounds. the professor spent many a weeks trying to analyze my last name and change the pronunciation of it. anyway, she sat up front, always asked questions, and was attentive. i, on the other hand, was in the back of the room, didn't pay attention, and goofed off (for those of you who know me, you find this hard to believe, i know). the summer passed, with neither of us really acknowledging each other, just sticking to ourselves, avoiding the opportunity to meet new people. the following autumn, we ended up in more classes together and quickly pushed those preconceived notions aside to get to know one another. and the rest is history...

i have comfort knowing that,
God knew i would need her in my life.
He knew she would need me in her life.
i know He purposely put us together.

it comes down to believing that that God puts relationships into our lives for the greater good, His greater good. it's up to us to accept them and in turn learn from them.

because i know, that without certain people in my life, i wouldn't be the person i am today. nor would i have overcome or made it through the things that i have. yes, i am even grateful for the people who have come into my life for only a short period of time.

so it's up to us now to....
look for chances that God is giving you to connect with others (acts 14),
see relationships as intentional,
allow His presences to be known.

grace and peace

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