As I move deeper into Christ's kingdom worldview of reconnection, I'm recognizing more of both Satan's work of disconnection and God's gracious and often unexpected provisions of restoration.
This morning my friend, Bob, and I were having breakfast at a local joint when our waitress noticed my Bible. "Pray for me too," she said, "I need it." "What's your name?" I asked. Tears glistened in her eyes as she answered, "Rosio." Just a week earlier, Rosio, a young Christian, and her three small children moved away from her abusive, alcoholic boyfriend of nine years. In fear for herself and her children, she had also filed a restraining order, hoping to finally escape the violent threat she had lived under for so long. With coffee-pot in hand, Rosio allowed Bob and I to pray for her. But God was putting together an opportunity for more than just prayer.
Literally, just a few minutes later, Rosio came back to our table, trembling. "He's here," she said with a whispered voice. "He got out of jail this morning; and now he's here to get me." Bob and I left our table and walked to the awkward figure standing near the kitchen, pungent with the smell of sweat, smoke, and alcohol. We didn't say much, but our presence along with the manager and other employees and the threat of a call to police, was compelling enough for him to leave. Afterward, Bob and I talked with Rosio for a bit, encouraging her toward freedom and hope.
The victory of this morning wasn't merely in Rosio temporarily averting a threatening situation or in the prayerful words of encouragement we were able to give. The victory God was orchestrating was one of reconnection. It was that in the midst of her critical moment, Bob and I were able to simply stand with Rosio in Jesus' name. We joined her in her emotionally overwhelming moment of need. We were a small voice of encouragement, a presence through which God could whisper, "As these are with You, so I am with you... and even much more." It was a reminder and an invitation to Rosio to embrace His call toward reconnection. A call to live a life, not alone and in fear, but encouraged, connected, and truly alive, in the organically interconnected kingdom reality Jesus offers.
Satan had undoubtedly been arranging this crisis as a way to cast Rosio back into the fear that prevents authentic, life-giving relationships. But God, as He so frequently does, had already mobilized a few unwitting agents of reconciliation to speak His life-giving words and to be His life-giving presence that would help turn this intended defeat into a small victory leading closer to the freedom and healing He is so eager to give to this frightened, but seeking, young woman.
Just one small connection; but through it and many moments like it, the kingdom, like a mustard seed, continues to grow, reconnecting what's been broken. And this kingdom worldview we are discovering continues to grow clearer day by day, moment by moment, relationship by relationship. And I'm more convinced than ever that the essence of participating in Christ's reconnected kingdom reality is more about simply going than knowing what we'll do once there..