My Sunday had an unexpected twist and I couldn’t have planned it any better.
I woke up and decided to go to church. My boyfriend and I usually go together but he had some filming scheduled for a show he’s performing in this summer at Second City.
We have been having a lot of really great, necessary, inspiring, motivating, challenging chats about spiritual health and our faith and how we can best live our faith out. Spiritual health has tremendous impact on physical, mental and relational health in our opinion. I’m honestly so humbled and grateful to have someone in my life who is so serious about how we can build our lives better through our common faith.
Anyways, i digress.
So I went to church and sat on my own near the back. After the service, I was putting my coat on and after a few minutes this girl who had been sitting behind me the whole time introduced herself.
We talked a little and I found out this was her third time at the church. In fact, she had only been in the US for 3 weeks. She is on a visa from South Korea to study under a missionary. She found the church through Google and decided to visit after reading positive reviews.
She seemed so sweet and here she was venturing around Chicago alone. At this point, I’m totally fascinated.
She asked me what places are nearby for food that I would recommend. She’s not that familiar with the area. We walk out together, chatting and even learned we’re the same age born just a few months apart.
I ended up walking her over to the restaurant I recommended. Great brunch spot and they have a fab short rib and fried egg sandwich.
Well I said my goodbyes outside the restaurant because I was supposed to catch the tail-end of filming.
When I was about to leave on my way, I could feel something telling me to chill…be a friend.
I made a call and found out filming was about to wrap so I would miss everything. I decided to walk back to the restaurant and enjoy brunch with this girl I just met.
We had a great time. We shared stories of our lives over a meal, discussed our faith and plan to get together more while she’s in America.
Sometimes I pray, not sure what I need and yet find myself just where I need to be.
After a relaxed Saturday, I had been somewhat frantic by Sunday afternoon thinking about all the projects I needed to work on. But that’s not what was important. I needed to just be still and know instead that God can create connections that blow my mind.
Of all the people and places, it was cool to meet someone new who could really just use a listening ear and someone to share a bite with. We had fun, insightful, encouraging conversation.
I happen to be a person who believes in the connectedness of things and events.
I needed that unexpected part in my day as much as my new buddy Ms. Yoon did. Here’s to making this giant world smaller by just getting to know someone new.