The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Well, I did it.
I made it through the church social function.
I drove there – BY MYSELF
I entered the venue – BY MYSELF
I walked around all the tables and looked at the decorations – BY MYSELF
I initiated a conversation with a woman I had never met before – BY MYSELF
And you know what –
I had a great time.
A friend of mine showed up a little later and we sat together. We had been friends at our old parish. I did not realize that she was part of this parish until I ran into her dropping her son off at VBS a couple of years ago. Life had gotten in the way and other than saying a quick hello, we had not had the chance to reconnect. She had encouraged a mutual friend of ours to come along to the event. All three of us sat together, drank wine, ate, laughed, and listened to an awesome presentation. I even won a door prize!
After the scheduled part of the evening was over, my friend and I stood around and chatted for another hour.
We laughed some more, cried a little, learned how much we each grown over the last few years. The years fell away as we shared as only women can.
As I walked out to my car it was snowing. The world was quiet as it only is when blanketed by snow. The flakes glittered as they passed through the street light beams. I walked along, quietly humming Christmas carols, occasionally trying to catch a snow flake on my tongue, and praised God that He had given me the strength to meet this personal challenge and allowed me to find Him the heart of another woman.