It was a great day in so many unexpected ways. We went to bed Friday night knowing it was going to be a full-blown schedule and we would end the day tired. We did end the day tired, but we also ended the day feeling really blessed.
We had a great morning coffee date with someone who I’ve just gotten to know recently. Their faith and exposure to worldwide ministry is pretty new. It was such a delight to sit with them and just have them be genuinely excited about the path Nate & I are headed down. I’m excited to continue to get to know them.
The next mini-blessing came as an unexpected (read: we got lost) detour through downtown Glen Ellyn. Though I’m usually extremely anxious about being late to places, I was so enamored with the beauty of God’s creation of Fall colors all around us that I couldn’t help but be calm and glad that we were a little late. It was a fun moment just the two of us as we exclaimed over deep reds, pure yellow, and even bright fuschia. We also exclaimed over the gi-grande-normous homes that boasted these trees but that has always been a favorite past time.
We spent our afternoon meeting with someone Nate has known a number of years. Everything about the hours with him was a total blessing. He did photography for us for ministry purposes – something he offered freely that we had no idea he even did. After the photo session, he came together with us over coffee and just delved into our lives. We left feeling astounded and grateful for the time with him. We came to this meeting asking for one thing and we feel like we left with our hands brimming with more than we ever could have asked to receive. Definitely a God encounter, particularly when we felt like he really spoke into our lives in a meaningful way.
God has really been expanding our hearts and our thinking about this “initial phase” of the journey that we are on. It’s exciting to watch and leaves me full of expectation for how much He is going to grow our faith and develop us in this time.