• Joni

Meet with Him


I went back in time this weekend

to a football game

in the city & state

that was once our home.

We ate at our favorite restaurants,

reminisced as we drove by our favorite places,

reconnected with family & friends,

&

remembered it all

the moment we

ended up at my favorite place

where

"my" table

greeted us

with open arms,

as it was available.

After ordering our espresso

my husband and I sat

where I would sit

every day

to meet with

GOD

&

to study

HIS WORD.

As tears filled my eyes,

I scanned the coffee shop

from "my" chair~

&

everything came flooding back

as peace filled my whole being.

GOD

moved us from city & state

&

it was in this state

where

HE

grew my faith

where

HE

met me in the midst of

my just leaving our last home

where I gave

HIM

my life.

And now what?

Where was my church?

Where were those women who walked with me through daily life,

discipling me and growing together with me?

Not in my new home.

Alone I would sit

as I found

my “beach”

to

have dates with

GOD.

Such a lonely time at first

then becoming

my favorite time as

it was

where I met

GOD

at a deeper level

because

HE

was meeting me at a deeper level

that I never knew existed.

And now I sat in the same chair at the same place with

the same

GOD

who was always the same,

yet who changed me.

As I sipped my espresso

&

looked into the eyes of my precious husband

at "my" table

I remembered it all.

It wasn't by chance that

GOD

moved us to this state

at that particular time

so that we would get to

experience

HIM

like we never had before.

We talked about it all,

embracing those 9 years that we lived there~

from the moment when our family’s feet hit the ground

in an unknown world

that would soon become our new home

where we

experienced

ups & downs

&

downs & ups

as GOD was continuing to write

our stories

in that moment in time

that will remain precious in my heart.

I was able to see all that

HE

had done.

HE

is ever so faithful.

HE

never lets us out of

HIS

sight.

HIS

plans are so much grandeur than

I could & than you could ever imagine.

HE

changed me

at “my” table~

in my loneliest times

which became the best times

because every moment spent with

GOD

is filled with with more than we could ever imagine.

I was sad to leave

"my" table

that became

my favorite place,

yet I really wasn't leaving "my" table

because it was never about the table

or the coffee shop

or even the triple espresso.

It was always about what happened at that table

as I met

HIM

&

HE

met me

&

the

HE

who will board the plane with me this morning

as I travel back home

to another state.

So goodbye

"my" table

&

thanks for the memories.

May

every person who

sits in "my" seat

also

will meet

GOD~

who always shows up

&

is always waiting for

us to show up.


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