Last Sunday was a great day. Our church was having a ministry fair after both services that morning. As I mentioned last week, I've started serving with the youth ministry, so I volunteered to help at the youth display. Gil was on-call, so he was out of the house super-early anyway. Helping out was fun, and I got to know our youth pastor and some other volunteers a bit better.
After the second service, I ran into someone I know from prayer group. We are among the only younger ladies who attend. She mentioned that she would be going to a potluck lunch and she had wanted to invite me, but did not have my number or phone number. I got the information and drove out to the potluck. It was a fun afternoon, with some games and just chatting with new people. I left a bit early to head home before a family birthday dinner that evening.
Why am I telling you all these boring details? Why was this such a great day? It's not like the potluck games were the most fun I'd ever played, or the ministry fair was amazing. The great thing about Sunday was that for the first time in nearly a year, it felt a bit like my Ottawa life. It felt as though I was part of the church rather than someone who just shows up on Sundays. It felt like I was making friends rather than just shaking hands with strangers at the service. I love Gil, and I love my life with him, but it felt like I finally had a Toronto life outside of my marriage, and that felt soooo good.
Interestingly, this past week at my Bible study, we were talking about Genesis 2. One of the leader's comments was something like, "Can we trust God to put the right relationship in our life at the right time?" The immediate context was, of course, Adam and Eve, but it is so applicable in other areas of life as well. It felt like I waited a looooooong time for my husband to come into the picture, but when he did, he was worth the wait. Likewise, I feel like I've been waiting a long time to make friends at our church, but I have faith that God has been using this lonely time in my life to develop me. Can't wait to see what He does in these new friendships over the next stage of my life!