“BUT God…. the last time I tried to talk to her she called me weird… I can’t go over there again.” “Just trust me..” was His gentle whisper.
To follow God means to be stretched beyond your comfort zone. & goodness gracious was He calling me out onto the waves.
I’ve always been an introvert. I love to talk & be around people, but I struggle often with my “comfort zone.” I don’t like drawing attention to myself by being super enthusiastic around people I’m not comfortable with. It’s always been a struggle to walk up to people I don’t know & try to talk.
I’ve done it many times before, but often I was ignored or people simply walked away.
Here I was in a similar instance.
I was sitting alone again at youth service (which was normal for me) when I noticed a girl sitting by herself too. I wanted to walk over & talk to her, but fear & shame attacked me. “She won’t like you. You’ll be ignored again. You’ll look dumb.”
This is the part of my story where a test became a testimony.
I chose to be fearless & unashamed & walk in the boldness my JESUS filled my heart with. The same boldness that pushed me to leave everything behind to follow Him.
I sat by this sweet girl I am so blessed to call a dear friend of mine. After sitting with her in several services… I was led to write her a letter of encouragement & signed it “your friend”… she came up to me and said genuinely “I loved my card. Especially the part where you called me your friend. I am so thankful I have a friend now.” But this wasn’t the end…. a few weeks later, I received a card on national friendship day from her. It read “Thank you for sitting by me when no one else would.”
This one BOLD step of faith & act of obedience turned into a blessing for my future.
Not only do I now have a dear friend/sister in Christ… I keep that card in my Bible to remind me to reach out to each person I see & make the most of every opportunity. It’s not easy… no sometimes I fail & choose not to walk in boldness… but day by day, person by person, circumstance by circumstance, God is strengthening me into a bold warrior for Him.
He is strengthening you into a bold warrior too, sweet friend. Trust Him in the process. Your test will one day be a testimony. 🙂