Friday, September 12, 2014

Ready: #FiveMinuteFriday

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(On Fridays I join with a community of writers that encourage one another. A lot of times you'll find me sharing stories from my own life because stories are my favorite. I also write to process the week and learn what I really believe. You can join us here.)

I stare at the page on my calendar. I'm supposed to call her on a Wednesday. Can you ever be ready for something like this? I think maybe. But I'm not sure. So much unknown.

I met her on Twitter. A girl who lives over 1000 miles away. I don't do this. I'm not one of those people that make "friends" on the internet.

But her tweets stopped me in my tracks. Her questions about God not healing when we've prayed and prayed. About when God is silent. When He doesn't answer. These are the things I cannot ignore. I know them all too well.

So I dial the numbers. And her voice is not what I expected. But is it ever, really? We talk for an hour and 20 minutes. We share stories. And eventually we unwrap even those. We go deeper. Both of us victims of abuse. Unbelievable losses, suffering, and life lived, in our short years.

God is funny, you know? I would have never said, "hey, I'd like to disciple this stranger I don't know who I met on the internet." But He knows. He knows what our hearts and lives need. He creates and weaves our stories so that, believe it or not, we're nearly always ready.


  1. That's beautiful, Joy! So inspired by you. You made a choice to get involved. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I've found that some of the very best friends I've made have been from this online community! It does take a lot of bravery to put your guts out there for the whole world to see, but the return is so beautiful. The Lord knows what we need! He has used Five Minute Friday to heal me in so many ways. A gift to meet you here, Joy.

  3. Thank you, Erin. I'm deeply committed to in-real-life relationships so the ones online definitely stretch me.

  4. Thank you, Tonia. I'm glad to have you reading here today.