I’m not actually referring to the TV show on NBC, but I wouldn’t blame you if that came to mind after reading the title of this post.
I too am a fan of fall/winter/spring TV … especially on Thursdays. And Tuesdays. And Wednesdays. And Sundays. And Mondays…but only when the Bachelor is on.
The community I am referring to is the real, living kind.
Every now and then I read back over a few older posts from my blog, from many months back.
The other day I read one that is just a few months shy of one year old, and it was neat reflecting on how life has changed since then and what all God has shown us and done.
I remember not too long ago feeling like I knew almost no one here even after several months of living in this area. I remember wondering how long it would take to find a church that we would get plugged into and meet new friends.
I remember wondering if I’d ever refer to this place as “home.” We longed for a community here; a community of friends, and a community of believers.
Now we’ve lived here for about a year and 3 months and God has answered so many of our prayers and questions, but has also remained silent in some areas other than to say “Trust me and follow me.”
So many things about our future are still unclear to us, but one thing God has been teaching me is to be here now. To be focused on the present with everything in me.
God often leads us day by day, step by step (as I do and will repeat many times in this blog). I will miss out on so many lessons and leanings if I overlook the value God places in each day, in each task, in each challenge.
I am thankful to have had Big Fisch by my side to process life with during our first year of marriage here. But I am also so SO thankful for the community that the Lord has (finally) brought into our lives.
He guided us to a new church a few months ago that is full of wonderful people, many around our age and stage in life. We have met many new friends and have been blessed by their hospitality, friendliness, thoughtfulness, and care.
It’s beautiful to see God’s people truly living as the Body of Christ. That is, reaching out to others around them and showing what Christ’s love looks like, lived out.
We are now also apart of a community group from our church that meets weekly to share life, chat, eat, and discuss what we learned in church that Sunday.
It is evident to me how much people are made for community. We were designed to live life with other people – not alone. Its God’s beautiful design for us to successfully go through the good and the bad, having real friends who can encourage us, pray for us, and challenge us.
Community is a two way street, as are friendships, and it is always worth the investment, my friends.
If you feel discouraged at the lack of community and friendships in your life, I encourage you to pray and ask God for it.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
“You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2
Many times in my life I have prayed to God and asked Him for solid, true friendships. He has always answered me. Not always in my time, but always in His perfect time.