Five Minute Friday: Join

Oh. My. Word. Of. Mercy.  I’m linking up for the first time ever with anyone about anything anywhere.  Ya still with me?  I’ve been reading the writings over at The Gypsy Mama‘s blog for a few years. And I have been so blessed by her “Five Minute Friday” writing prompts and the places it took me.  Today, after Ever So Much chewing of nails and promises to myself and others to just do it, I am.  Hold me…

 

 

Join…

 

I am a joiner by nature.  I’m outgoing and get jazzed up by meeting new people.  Sometimes, without any consideration, I join a person, group, or activity that I had no business joining.  And it’s often there, in that messy moment of, “What exactly was I thinking?”, that I find something out about myself that I had not known before.  Or, at other times, by joining and realizing later that I didn’t really belong, I was finally able to acknowledge something about myself that I hadn’t before.

 

And it’s in the acknowledgement or the knowing that I’m able to learn a lesson.  It’s then that the joining makes sense as a lesson to be learned.  That jumping in and then feeling all wrong in my skin?  It feels like God’s way of revealing something of Himself in me, to me. And if I am honest, sometimes, I join things for all the right reasons and still feel all wrong in my skin.  It’s in those moments of, “Why isn’t this working?”, that I am able to see God’s love for me poured out in ways I wouldn’t have been able to recognize had I not joined in the first place.

 

I’m keenly aware that there are moments when my joining in proves detrimental to my health (like the time I tried to join a Running Club, HA!), or detrimental to my relationships (joining an outwardly Christian group or organization can be off-putting to those who aren’t).  But, inevitably, if I keep my eyes and heart open to what is being revealed to me, I will see the bigger purpose in my desire to join.  And that is worth it indeed!