Y’all! Today is a beautiful, chilly, almost-autumish day! As much as I enjoy every season, there’s something so crazy-specail about autumn that makes me very happy. Oh, plus it’s Friday so I get to share the 33 episode of my fictional story When Life Hands You Lymes with you. I’d have to say this is shaping up to be a pretty amazing day.
“Want to get coffee after we’re done with the shopping?” I asked Julia when she climbed into Harmony.
“Oh, that would be cool.” Julia tilted her head, studying me. “And you look like you could use it.”
“Thanks.” I used the dry tone of voice Katie uses when she thinks I’ve said something that she should be greatly offended at. Then I laugh, “I didn’t get much sleep last night. I’m afraid it’s showing through.”
It only took about an hour to get everything on Mom’s list, then we stopped at Beanies, a coffee shop/bakery who’s owner had at one time been into collecting beanie babies and therefore had hundreds, or maybe thousands, of them displayed in the building.
“So, you look like you have something to talk about.” I held onto my carmel latte with both hands. Even though it wasn’t cold outside, the warmth still felt good.
Across the table from me, Julia got a kinda shy smile on her face. “Yeah, I’ve been learning some really cool things in my personal devotions recently and I was trying to think of who I could share the stuff with and you came to mind right away.”
Surprised, I felt a weird feeling come over me. This wasn’t the kind of conversation I had with my friends, but that didn’t mean it was something to be scared of, did it? “Really?” I searched for what else to say, but Julia jumped in before I came up with anything else.
“You don’t mind, do you?”
“No, I feel honored.” And I did.
“Alright.” Taking a deep breath, Julia pursed her lips and then blew it out. Setting her coffee to the side she pulled a notebook out of her canvas bag. Her hands were shaking a little bit, and that’s when I realized she was out of her element, too. “I’ve been praying a lot recently about what I’m supposed to do with my life. I mean, the world tells us to have fun when we’re young and just enjoy the moment, you know?” Julia wasn’t looking at me, but I nodded anyway. “I knew you’d understand this because you’re such an overachiever anyway. But, I’ve realized that God doesn’t want me to waste my time now. It says in Proverbs that even a child is known by what he does. I think that if our generation of teens got our act together, we’d be able to make a difference in the world and save ourselves a lot of pain.”
“No kidding.” I fully agreed.
Julia looked up at me for the first time, then pushed her note book across the table. “Here, you can see some of the stuff I’ve been thinking about.”
Turning the notebook around, I blinked at her large, scrawling script for a minute, then back to my friend. Julia was picking at her chipped fingernail polish and looking across the room at the beanies lined on shelf.
Things to start on:
Be more open about my faith with my friends
Tell new kids about church and the Bible
Start a Bible study????
“Start a Bible study?” I didn’t read any further than that.
Pouncing back to life, Julia grabbed the note book with one hand and slipped it into her bag, then grabbed both my hands, squeezing them. “Yes! Isn’t that a wonderful idea? I’ve been thinking about and praying about it and the more I think about it, the more amazing of an idea it seems to be. I’m pretty sure God gave me the idea for it, because it keeps seeming to match up with the things I’ve been learning in my devotion times.”
I grinned at her enthusiasm. “So?” I held up my hands in a ‘what’s next’ gesture. “Where do I come in? Where are you going from here?”
“See! I knew you’d be the right person to talk to about this.” I could tell Julia was itching to walk, she has a tendency to pace.
“Why don’t we head on back to my house, or maybe the park? That way you can walk around all you want when we’re talking.”
“Can we go to your gardens?” Julia jumped at the idea right away.
“Sure.” Picking up my latte, I headed for the door.
We talked for the next hour. Or in reality, Julia talked for the next hour with me making little comments, suggestions or asking ideas every so often. By the time we were done, she’d filled most of her little notebook with ideas and had scheduled a time to sit down with my mom and get some advice from her. Mom’s amazing at planning those kinds of things.
As always, I’d be delighted to hear about your day and/or what you think of this episode of When Life Hands You Lymes. I hope y’all are having a great Friday!