I don't know where the weeks seem to go to or what it is that I do. I started a woman's Bible Study last week. Its different. Its been awhile since I went to a morning class. Like maybe 30 years. Gosh can it be that long? I would go to the evening kind so I could take the kids with me when they were all in school at home.
On to the Bible Study:
I breathed deeply, and got in the car. It was a morning like this, jackhammers going like crazy, tractors going up and down the street. Water trucks spraying water. I thought to myself, "I am so glad to be getting out of here today!" Ron later quipped, " It took a lot of heavy machinery to get you out of the house!" It was true. So all of the heavy machinery is a good thing.
As I drove and I was praying that the Lord would speak to me and I would be an open vessel to receive all that He wanted me to have. A long time ago, I went to another Bible study and the lady who taught it was named Janet. We became friends and she also had been one of my favorite English teachers in high school. I was thinking about how much I missed her. She passed away 20 years ago. Why do things just pop into your mind like that I wonder?
I walked in to a building that I wasn't all that familiar with. I always go in another door so I wasn't aware of this side of the building. I found Emilie and we talked. I picked up my Bible Study materials. I do what I always do, I walked around trying to find all of the exits and the bathrooms. Just in case you know? I went into this really big room where we were going to be while the ladies explained how all of it was going to work. I was all alone and on the chairs was a newsletter telling about a ladies retreat coming up. It was double sided and I turned the paper over and there was an article entitled. "The Significance of Success." It also said, By Kim Johnson.
Not a single person would notice that but me. My maiden name was just that. Kim Johnson. I laughed because how like God to give me a little nudge. Emilie said that it isn't anyone in their church it is something they just put together. So what are the odds I wonder.
I have thought a lot this week, all of the little gifts God gave me to show that He was aware of where I was and how no matter how far I stray He is always there with me to bring this lamb back in the fold. This study is so far out of my comfort zone and so new. This program all of the ladies will be together three years. This is an established group. I am the new one. I think though, its good to get out of my comfort zone. To have to look to God and see all of the ways He surprises me with His gifts. Its easy to forget how much He does when I am in the safe confines of my house.
So if you are still reading along with this long winded post. Thank you. I was hesitant to write this out.
It really is still on my mind. So I thought I would share it with you. I will go back tomorrow. I am excited to see what new gift God will surprise me with as it will have to be Him again who gets me out of the house.
Thank you for stopping by and reading.
“. . . I have found that if, instead of praying for my own comfort and satisfaction, I ask the Lord to enable me to give to others, an amazing thing often happens — I find my own needs wonderfully met. Refreshment comes in ways I would never have thought of, both for others, incidentally, for myself.” (Elisabeth Elliot)