Meeting God Over Coffee

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Meeting God over Coffee - God Uses Friendships for a message

A friend I don’t see often invited me for a coffee date. My first thought when I saw her text was, “I really don’t have time. I’m just so busy.” My fingers began to type back a message declining the invitation to meet and catch up. Before I could hit “send” something tugged at me. I took just a moment and really thought about her offer and how I was too busy to meet.

In that moment, I took notice that most of the time it felt difficult to take a deep breath with all of my rushing around before moving on to the next item on my “to-do” list. But in the midst of all my busy-ness, I was actually feeling alone. Rushing around doesn’t afford you much of an opportunity to be still and connect with other people. Here was a friend reaching out to me and I was turning her down.

With my finger still poised over the “send” button, I started to delete my response and write a new one. “Yes, I’d love to…” became my new message. Quickly I hit send before I could change my mind.

I went on that coffee date the next week. While I can’t remember exactly what we talked about or how long we nursed our lattes while her preschooler colored at the table, I do remember feeling uplifted and supported during our talk. Spending time sitting with a friend helped me gain a little positive perspective on my tasks I was missing that morning. In addition, my friend thanked me for making time to spend with her saying how much she just needed to sit and reconnect. I remember smiling and saying, “that’s exactly what I was going to say!”┬áHere we were in the same boat, both busy and feeling alone, yet one cup of coffee and a conversation brought us together in supportive friendship.

Before we left the coffee shop, my friend asked me something she asks me every time we are together. She said, “How can I pray for you today?” I get emotional even now thinking about her question. It was such a gift to not only be asked, but then to know she and her family would include my special intentions in her prayers. What a vulnerable moment as I shared what I was pondering in my heart. Gladly I was able to reciprocate the question and the blessing of being able to pray for her special intention.

Leaving the coffee shop, I sat in my car for a few moments and thanked God for his work in my life. Even though I was wrapped up in my own issues and wasn’t paying attention to Him, He sent me a messenger to remind me He is always there waiting and loving me. And at the same time, He used me as a messenger of His love and support for my friend. That was the last time I hesitated before responding to an offer of coffee with a friend.

Copyright 2016 Lisa Jones
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Lisa Henley Jones is a former stay-at-home mom who discovered a new career as an online marketer/social media manager. She blogs at Of Sound Mind and Spirit with her sister, Shelly Kelly, about faith and family life. During the hot summers in Houston, Lisa can be found by the pool eating popsicles with her husband and three school-aged children.

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