The night falls so swiftly now.
Here I sit, in my office at the church, after hours, waiting for the time to come to pick up my kids. I will be going only half way home from work tonight, due to the kindness of a friend. They get a play date and dinner, and my car gets a break!
I got up this morning early, got Peter off to school, and took a few stolen moments at the coffee shop before work.
I had some time there yesterday morning, warmed by the coffee cup in my hands and the brief sunlight streaming across me, across the deep red table in front of me.
How God met me in that warmth!
He warmed my heart. Through the bible study I did. Through the words he spoke to me. Through the sweet time of fellowship with him. Through the conversation we had.
As I left the coffee shop, slipped into my car, and headed for work, here at the church, praise started bubbling up inside of me.
I couldn't stop it.
Didn't want to!
My soul overflowed from the time we had shared together. I worshiped and prayed like I haven't in a while... I mean I have prayed. I have worshiped. But this was different. This felt different somehow.
Maybe it was the place I was at.
The place He had moved me to.
Whatever the reason, I cried all the way to church, mopping my eyes with tissues as I drove. And prayed. And praised Him.
I prayed for my church. My pastors. My work for the day. My close friends. My associate pastor who is giving the message this week. My family. My husband. My kids.
I prayed that God would enable me to do the work that I had been overwhelmed with the day before. The work that I was sure I couldn't do. Yet God has placed me here, and I have to do it..... I was scared. Yet God just washed that away.
He filled me with the knowledge that He had set me here in this church, in this position for such a time as this. He knows if my primary job will be as the church administrator, or if there are other, more important reasons I am here.
Only time will tell.
Only God will tell.
And then again....
Maybe He won't.
All I know is this job is so life giving to me right now.... even in the stretching, in areas that are new to me.
It is much more than I ever thought it would be. To be in a position where things are expected of me, and I have obligations to fill, yet no pressure is placed. No censure for taking time out for yourself, or other needs in the middle of the day as needed. Its a redemptive, loving family I have been placed in here.
A family within a family.
Bethany (our church) has been a family since we walked in these doors.
Our small group became a small family within the big one.
The worship teams I have been a part of have been a specialized family within the big one.
Now the staff here (two pastors, the secretary and myself) have become another small family within the big one.
The more I look at it, at my days, and at my willingness to stay here at the computer (even though it is now personal time) well after my workday's end... the more I realize how far too many people never experience this grace and love in the workplace.
It makes me want to come in every day (even when I am only part time). The Christ-likeness here makes me want to work longer hours, harder and beyond my capacity.
God is good, and so mighty in His ways.
He brings life from death.
He renews His creation.
He brings light from the darkness.
Though the darkness fell rapidly tonight, especially with the clouds, it feels anything but dark here.
I still have the memory of that coffee cup in my hands, the sunlight, and the warmth in my heart as I conversed with my God, my Savior.
He truly is the Light for my path.
Even and always in the swift nightfall.