HE REDEFINES TOGETHERNESS
“I had been trying for weeks to befriend a new coworker, Peggy, who had recently joined our team at the office. She and I had a lot in common, yet every time I asked her if she’d like to go to lunch, she would tell me she had plans with someone else. That was all well and good until I drove downtown to my usual sandwich spot and saw her across the street at a coffee shop seated by the window…alone.
“I was hurt and couldn’t imagine why she felt she had to lie to me or avoid me. I thought whatever reason she had to not want to spend time together, she could at least be honest about it.
“One day I decided to confront her, so I barged into the café, my stomach knotted in hurt and frustration. But my steps slowed once I saw her reading something.
“‘Peggy?’ I said. ‘I saw you in the window and…you’re always alone when you tell me you’re meeting someone for lunch.’
“Her eyes were tranquil as she smiled warmly at me. ‘This is the hour a day I stop and spend time with God,’ she said, holding up the small devotional.
“I was speechless. When did I last spend time with God and strengthen my relationship with Him? Shame washed over me as I realized how I’d misjudged her.
“‘It’s wonderful that you do this,’ I said with deep longing for that connection with God, and thinking how many times I had been ‘too busy.’
“‘How about if you join me tomorrow and we start having lunch and reading the devotional together?’ she suggested.
“From that day on, Peggy helped me grow stronger in my faith and we have become dear friends. Now I see that not only was I wrong to judge Peggy, but she also taught me there’s no better lunch date in the world than God!”
—Patricia Stone, 44, Seattle