One of our members, Kristen Catoe, recently emailed me this story and it was too good not to pass along to all of you.
The other day in the school yard, I started talking to a new Kindergarten mom. We hit it off and just chit-chatted about our kids, school, jobs, etc. She brought up a story that mentioned her Mom's old church which no longer exists. I followed up with "Our family goes to church. It's on 2nd and..." and she immediately filled in "Christ Church on 2nd and Moore? Yeah, I know it!"
A little surprised but playing it off cool, I asked her how she had heard of the church before and she said "Oh they host these incredible, huge festivals at the park for Easter and the end of summer. Everyone in the neighborhood knows about them. The people at your church seem really nice." So I asked if she had ever come out on a Sunday and visited before and she said "No. But there is a really sweet patient at the dentist office I work at who keeps inviting me out. I'm sure she would love if I just finally did go visit. Do you know Michelle?" "Haha yes, I do."
It's simply the start of a new school yard friendship for me but I was freshly aware of God's activity in what sometimes can feel like a completely barren land. Here, with this new friend though, I'm walking into some soil that has already been tilled by God.
I love so many things about this story! I love Kristen's intentionality to reach out to a new Mom and work in a spiritual conversation about our church. I love to hear (which I hear all the time) that our church has a great reputation in our neighborhood, because of the stuff we do for Easter and Summer Festival. I love hearing about people like Michelle's intentionality to engage people as she goes about her day and spark up spiritual conversations. This is what we are to be about, Christ Church! It takes a ton of work to be intentional with people as we go through our days. It is much easier to just go about our days and keep to ourselves. It takes a ton of effort to pull off things like the Summer Festival. But through that work God is tilling up the soil of people's hearts. He's planting seeds. I believe in his promise that there is a harvest to come.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Mat 9:37-38 ESV)
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9 ESV)