Months ago I embarked on what I was trying to view as a season of rest. Cutting back or completely taking a break from what had filled my time and my days. I began to seriously look at everything that I was doing and trying to determine its merit. I deliberately chose to not be part of a small group with church. God would be my small group. I would consciously take my time in seeking God’s will for my life. I would dig into the scriptures. I would learn more about Jesus, our Savior. I would seriously get in touch with God’s direction in my life.
I was walking to the church office at Oak Park one day this past summer. Stepping out of the center stairwell, I saw what I thought was a large bug or insect banging against the glass of the center atrium. Stopping to make sure it wasn’t something that would get me, I realized that it wasn’t an insect at all but instead a hummingbird. I carefully walked up to it ensure that it wouldn’t dart away.
Joy! Joy! Joy! Every Tuesday for four hours I get to see this scripture come to life in real-time around me and through me. I get to experience joy that only comes from our Father and through the outpouring of the grace and love He freely gives to each one of us daily. I am a part of the REACH Community Respite Program, otherwise simply known as REACH (Refresh, Encourage, Activities, Care, Hope).
I think God has an amazing sense of humor. And by amazing I mean an ironic sense of humor that turns your world slowly upside down, changing your perspective. It is the type of humor that causes you to lift your chin to look outside yourself in order to have you stare, marvel and say the words, “How on Earth did I get here?” This describes my path to Embrace Church.