We all have a story to tell. Yesterday I had lunch with two friends and enjoyed hearing a bit of their stories.
We had met for the purpose of getting ready for a “Spill the Beans Cafe” at our church this coming Friday night. My two friends will be the in the spotlight as they “spill the beans” about a particular problem they’ve both encountered (anxiety and worry), but we’re hoping to get all the other women at this women’s event to get real with each other, too, and share a little of their own stories. So we met for lunch in order to make sure we were all on the same page.
But something much more special happened than just getting on the same page. By the time I walked away from Chili’s and got in my car, I had a renewed spring in my step and a smile on my face. The three of us, not especially close friends but more like budding friendships, had been real with each other, talked about scriptures that encouraged us, shared from our personal experiences, and encouraged each other in the Lord. More than once, one of us said to the others, “This is how God has worked in my life…” And more than once, my faith in God was increased and my hope was anchored anew in His Word.
Granted, our conversation got to a pretty deep level fairly fast because we needed to cut to the chase. While we don’t have especially intimate relationships up to this point, we spilled the beans with each other like we were spilling Scrabble tiles on a game table, ready to turn those tiles over and make sense of it all. But while we may have had an agenda that facilitated our quick intimacy, I was reminded that we all waste way too much time with inane small talk and chatter, not so much out of politeness, but more out of fear.
I’m not suggesting we spill all our beans with just every Tom, Dick or Harriet, but when we find someone that our spirits affirm as godly, wise, and loving, we might be safe to tell a little more, open up. At least, we could tell the most important stories — the ones about what God has done for us.
This morning in my Bible I read: