Shaped by God
April 14 - Good Friday
Rev. Lyndsay Lee Slocum, Senior Associate Pastor, Roswell Presbyterian Church
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)
I can still remember the first time I opened the door and Scott Slocum was standing on the other side. He was the best looking man I had ever seen! It was our first date - although I did not know we were going on a date! I was under the impression that a friend of a friend had some theology questions and wanted to talk to a seminary student. Scott (the friend of the friend) had called me (the seminary student) and now we were headed to dinner so we would talk theology. If I had known it was a date I am not sure I would have gone. I had just gotten out of a very difficult relationship and my heart was still tender from the hurt it had endured. I needed some time to heal and think through my own identity before jumping back into the dating scene.
But Scott turned out to be unlike anyone I had ever met. I fell in love with him almost immediately. Being with Scott was something new like I had never experienced before. The whole way he wanted to approach our relationship was slow, deliberate, and faithful. He wanted us to know each other in every season of the year before we could talk about being married. He wanted us to worship and pray together. He wanted to make sure we had a solid foundation and that we were faithful to God, each other and ourselves. One year after our first date, Scott proposed and four months later we were married in my home church.
Meeting Scott and our budding relationship was a time in my life when God did a new thing. Scott and I had each been in terrible relationships, and when God brought us together, I began to experience what it meant to love another person and be loved in a healthy way. What a gift Scott is to me!
I am so grateful that we have a God who continues to do a new thing! When you look back over your life, how can you see the ways that God brings about something new for you? What blessings are unexpected and yet so significant? Give thanks to God for the mighty ways God works and the goodness that comes even when we least expect it.
Holy God, although you are always doing new things in and around us, we often do not see it. Help us to see where you are at work today and give us the boldness to join you. Amen.
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