When God gives little gifts. . .

I’m going to refrain from any sort of thought-provoking entry and simply post a story from this weekend.

This weekend has been extremely taxing. I won’t go into all the gory details, but suffice it to say that I was going into church this morning with an awful lot of baggage from Saturday.

As you probably already know, I love my church. I love being there, I love learning from God’s word through Tim’s preaching, I love the worship band, and I crazily love all the peeps there! But I was feeling especially worn out today by the time the third service came around. I’d spent two morning services working with the Liquid Kids program, had run to lunch down the street (in the blazing summer heat) and back to church for my Life Class. After class, it was off to serve with the Greeting Team for the next two services.

I normally wouldn’t feel the weight of the day, but the previous day had been so draining, and my rest the night before was almost nonexistent. So naturally, I began feeling the weariness set in both physically and emotionally.

But as the weariness began to settle in heavily, I had a couple energy boosters. Two very encouraging chats with some buddies of mine really helped get me through some of the trials of the weekend. It’s great having friends who are willing to sit down, listen to what’s on your heart, and actually care about what’s going on in your life.

But the most amazing and energizing moment came from a very unexpected source. A girl I’d never met face-to-face before gave me a hug.

Now, I’m not normally a hug-crazy guy, but I don’t care who you are; when you get to the point where physical exhaustion is beginning to damage you emotionally, a hug is always welcome.

And what made this special was the moment where “Do I know you?” turned into “You’re him!” and the look of “I’m so glad I found you!” spread across her face.

Could something like that be awkward? Of course. But for some reason it’s exactly what I needed. It’s connecting with that bond, the one that says, “You’re my brother in Christ. I have nothing to give you but love!”

And in that moment I thought, “I’ve never met this girl, but she’s my sister somehow. She’s family. And I love her.”

Maybe it’s a little weird. Maybe that’s just the weariness of the day talking. Regardless, I’m so thankful for God’s embrace in that moment. It was a small, yet eternally meaningful gift and a moment I won’t soon forget.

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