We talked about our backgrounds, my life in faith and how I have experienced God. She listened intently. It was such a treat to have someone’s full attention without any distractions for either of us. She was an excellent listener. My stories spilled forth from childhood to now. As she listened I could see her eyes concentrating and soaking it all in. She reflected back to me that I hear God’s voice more in my writing than anywhere else in my life. She noted that my writing has been weaved through my entire journey with God. I began writing poems in the 3rd grade the first one had this line in it, “Is there a heaven or a hell. No one has come back yet to tell.” Through my high school stage of doubt in God, which was resolved when I wrote an English essay and found that I still believed but was just angry with God for the pain I saw a loved one endure. I have journaled since I was 15 every night and every journal has always ended with, “God be with us always.” To the blogs I write daily, all the way to the meditations I write for my students. God’s voice is the strongest in my writing. I suppose that is why I can never stop writing, it is my lifeline, my touch stone, a communication with God, a way for God to use me as his instrument of truth and life. Natasha is Good!
We laughed lots, and I had moments of revelation. We will meet once a month. No homework, no working on changing or bettering something. Instead two people as companions sharing a journey with God walking right in the middle. In a cozy, comfy, peaceful place, filled with God’s spirit. She ended with a short poem about waiting, being ok with our incompleteness and having the patience to wait and to live in the present moment. It was beautiful; the poem, the place, the conversation, Natasha’s soul, this encounter.
God provides opportunities for us every moment and most of the time we miss them because we are searching for a different opportunity. Today, slow down, take a deep breath, and open your heart to see what opportunity God is sharing with you today on your journey of faith.