I Know YouWednesday, June 19, 2013
Part of our process of making our new town feel like home has been looking for a church. We want to be where we see God moving and where we feel God has a place for us. Fortunately, this area has quite a few wonderful churches where Christ is honored and God’s word is taught! Well, this past Monday evening, there was a Bible study held at one of the nearby churches. Even though we hadn’t attended this particular church (yet) on Sunday morning, the study looked interesting and the church inviting when I found it online. I thought this might be a good place to start to connect.
I decided to pocket the nervousness I often feel when going someplace I have never been before and headed out to the study. I love the GPS in my phone that directed me right to the church’s doorstep, which was only 10 minutes away. I wasn’t sure which building the study was in, so I simply followed other women I saw walking toward what I assumed was the place! My assumptions were correct and I soon found myself inside a room with about 150 other women waiting for the Bible study to begin.
A very nice hostess walked me to a table and introduced me to the ladies seated there. I instantly felt comfortable. Now here is the interesting part… As I looked around the room, everyone seemed familiar! It was an odd, but comforting feeling to see faces that somehow looked like ones I had known all my life. There were even a few women who, when I had eye-contact with them across the room, seemed to share the same instant recognition with me. My usual anxiety of meeting new people was gone and I felt no shyness speaking with the ladies around me. I could feel God in that place.
That interesting phenomenon got me thinking about the Body of Christ and how important it is to meet together as believers. I could find no other explanation for the comfort I was feeling while seated in a room full of strangers, except that He was there. I sensed His presence and felt that the others in the room knew Him, too. We had all gathered with the same purpose – to grow deeper in our relationship with Him and to connect as fellow sisters-in-Christ.
are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).