She handed me a yellow slip of paper which bore seven digits and a name. She said, “Call me if you need anything.”
And I smiled wide.
It had been so long since someone had really cared — since someone had been interested in my week or how school was going or what trip I was planning. I didn’t realize how much I had missed that feeling until she handed me this little yellow paper.
For my friends, this gaping hole had made me ache. When our cozy little fold had fallen apart and we were scattered like sheep without a shepherd, I knew God hadn’t forgotten us; I believed He was only setting up an atmosphere in this youth group craving growth, and life, and lots of love. As we returned to this desolate gathering in a field of corn week after weary week, I knew that God wasn’t blind — I knew and so I prayed.
A few weeks ago, God provided — not just for my friends, but for me too. A couple showed up one Sunday and came willingly — anxious to help shoulder our baggage and pain. And they planned on staying. I went home dancing that day, knowing full well that God answered prayers and provided for our little group.
Those few weeks ago, I believe we became a family again. I felt it and I rejoiced, because this was the cry of my heart: that we would pull close and be like family — brothers and sisters bound together by the grace of Jesus Christ.
And I knew that we were.
We shared our struggles freely and prayed for each other willingly. For the first time, I felt that I belonged with the girls who made up my small group. God had heard and God had provided.
The church is a family. And I am happy and anxious to contribute to her everyday. Because I love her. I love my friends and youth pastors and siblings in and through Christ. Every Sunday I come home singing because He shows up and shows off. He will never abandon us.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me … I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you … In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
John 14:1, 18, 20 ESV