Joanne felt out of place in the church she had attended for fifteen years. Everything she loved about the church was no longer of interest to her.
Joanne had grown tired of the praise and worship team performing Sunday after Sunday. She’s tired of the choir’s competing with each other for who was the better choir. Tired of her pastor’s continual appeal for more offerings.
Her friendship’s were drying up as well. she and a couple of the girls from the church would gather together for group prayer but before they prayed they were always talking about somebody in the church and complaining about something in the church that one of them didn’t like. Then they would pray about the people they had just talked about and ask Jesus to change what they didn’t like about the church.
Joanne knew that these “prayer sessions” were wrong but she loved being friends with these women. Friends were not something that Joanne had a lot of in her life.
But one day Joanne’s church world starting to shatter when she met Lizette. Joann was a loan officer at a bank and Lizette joined the bank as a financial counselor.
It was a Monday morning and Joanne was really feeling low. Worship the Sunday before hadn’t lifted her spirits and the demands of work and home was taking a toll on her. Joanne was sitting in the employee’s lounge at the bank when Lizette came in and walked over to her.
“May I join you?” Lizette asked Joann.
Joanne looked at Lizette. There was something different about her. She had a real joy and peace in her demeanor. Lizette was always smiling and her happiness was unsettling to Joanne.
Joanne wasn’t comfortable but she couldn’t refuse Lizette request and so she said.
“Please do.” Lizette sat down smiling at Joann.
“How are you enjoying working here?” Joanne asked.
“Oh I love it! This is a great place workplace!” Lizette replied.
Joanne frowned. “What makes you say that? You just started here.”
Lizette replied. “Yes I know but every assignment I’ve ever had from the Lord makes it a great place. Because I’m sent here I know that the Lord has people for me to meet and reach.”
“Just a word of warning.” Joanne replied. “If I were you I wouldn’t show my religious fervor to a lot of people here. There’s a great deal of prejudice against Christians at this bank.”
“Is that why you’re so unhappy Joann? I see a great weight pressing you down. You’re trying to fit in with people who don’t value you for who you really are.”
Lizette’s words was so full of understanding and love that tears started to fall from Joanne’s eyes. For the first time in her life Joann felt something. The love of God.
(Stayed tuned for more).
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