So last night was a first for both Caitlin and me. It was the first speaking engagement to which we were invited by the Soul Sisters–a raucous and fun-loving group of ladies who fancy themselves as a book club…but they are so much more. The Soul Sisters meet at Crista Ministries campus twice a month and review all kinds of books from fiction to bible study publications.
Why were we invited to speak? A couple of weeks ago they ended up choosing to read and discuss OLDE MYSTERIUM, and apparently they loved it! Caity and I had no idea what we were going to say when we showed up, and we were both a bit nervous, but as it turned out, the Holy Spirit completely took over and we ended up sharing our joint testimony with these very sweet ladies. Somehow allowing that to connect in conjunction with the message of OLDE MYSTERIUM was more moving than I could have expected. It was powerful to openly acknowledge that while going through a difficult journey of writing and publishing, all the while experiencing our own joint journey of trials, surrender, redemption and triumphs…that at the heart of it all Jesus is the hero of our story.
This is why God’s timing is amazing and perfect; that in the midst of a very difficult, hot, and transforming summer when it looks like I am surrounded by chaos, God would extend an opportunity for my wife and I to open up and share our stories with complete strangers. However by the end we were the ones to get the most out of it because the veil was lifted; we could see God’s handiwork along the whole way…and He has never missed a beat or skipped out on us or let us down. He hasn’t yet and He won’t start now.
The Soul Sisters invited us into a safe space to share. We told stories. There was a din of laughter. And they saw a grown man cry. Caity and I were refreshed and all the way home we held hands and issued prayers of thanksgiving. There could not have been a more beautiful time spent together…a true balm to my soul. Thank you Soul Sisters!
And an extra special thank you to Julie Gwinn Holve, who found my book, read it and suggested it to her book club. Thank you for being a cheerleader; I am truly humbled by your enthusiasm.
SED EGO DIGREDIENDUM