I'm not going to lie, it's been a little bit of a challenge trying to balance everything. Between class and work and maybe a bit of a social life, I've definitely been slacking when it comes to writing for pleasure.
But with spring break here I got a little smidge of time to finish a couple of ideas that I started a while back for stories to tell. This is one of my favorites and I've had a little time to think about what it meant.
As I just moved to Lubbock, I was visiting a couple of churches with friends to see where I feel most lead to worship and serve.
The late service (for all of the kids in the college town I guessed) was a mix of young families, students, and older people who just enjoyed the younger atmosphere. As I sat, waiting for the service to start, a little girl and her mom were talking a row behind me.
"What are we doing?" She asked, maybe 5 or 6 years old. I picture her legs swinging, casually curious like most children that age. I saw her later, with a cute flowery dress and sneakers.
"We're waiting. We're going to pray and sing and worship Jesus."
And what she said next was a beautiful moment.
"Is Jesus gonna come here?"
"Yeah, Jesus is going to come here."
It was a normal conversation between mother and child and yet in that moment, I was that child.
I walked into that new church with a vulnerability that no one knew about. No one there knew my story or what I've been through. No one there has heard rumors about me, or anything I've done.
I was simply there for Jesus and I was waiting for him to come there. I wanted him to speak to me. I wanted a connection.
I have no idea if this was a parent moment where she agreed with her daughter so the questions would stop but I'd like to think that wasn't the case.
I also desire to be that mother. The mother, that without a moment's hesitation answered what could have been a difficult question to answer, and went on.
She didn't worry about theological accuracy and technicalities to answer her little daughter.
"Is Jesus gonna come here?" In this place that we've gathered to be with him?
Yes, yes he is.