I sat in disbelief as I listened to a young lady share her plans to take her own life. As she shared the details of her plan, my mind flashed back to the day that I met her. One of the ladies in our lifegroup had invited this young lady to class. I do not remember what the lesson was that day, but I do remember her adamantly insisting that she was only there because her friend had forced her to come. I watched as the ladies from our group introduced themselves to her and showered her with love. I knew God had His hand on her and was moving in her life, I just didn’t realize the magnitude.
“How did you know?” she said. “I’m sorry?” I asked not realizing I had drifted out of the conversation. “You knew right?” “ NO! I had NO idea!” I replied. Again, my mind drifted to the day she was describing. My children and I had taken an alternate route in an attempt to exit the church quickly. As we were about to exit, I saw this young lady through the crowds, frantically trying to find the exit. I stopped to greet her and we talked for over an hour. We prayed and went our separate ways. She never mentioned anything about her plan to take her life. I realized she was staring intently at me waiting for a response.
“Everything you said, it was like you knew…” she repeated. “You saved my life. Thank you.” My eyes began to fill with tears as I realized that God had orchestrated every moment for this young lady. “It was not me at all,” I replied, “it was ALL God!”
Some time ago I read a blog by Baron Batch who experienced a similar situation. I know I will not do his story justice by trying to explain it so please take a moment to read it. In his blog, Baron, compares each of our lives to raindrops whose ripples collide with one another. He proposed that “just maybe each ripple of our lives has been ordered, measured, weighed, named, and timed perfectly to synchronize with the others to save a life.” Considering, my recent experience with my new friend, I believe Mr. Batch got it right.
Maybe you have been going to church on Sundays but, for whatever reason, you have been sitting on the sidelines. I implore you to get connected! Volunteer at the church or in the many outreaches that go on throughout the year. Join a lifegroup, the semester just began! Get connected somewhere! You will not regret it! You will meet some of the best friends of your life while growing in a closer, more personal relationship with your Maker. Who knows? Maybe the ripples of your life will collide with someone else’s and change a life forever!
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