Every Wednesday morning, it’s the same routine during the school year. I text my Younglife Ladies, letting them know I’ll be at their school to catch-up if possible and see how they’re doing. And while most Wednesday’s seem to be the same, God has a way of throwing a curve ball now and again.
Her name was Nadya.
She was immediately introduced to me by one of my usual Wednesday morning ladies as, “You need to talk to her about this problem.” And then Nadya turned to me and poured everything out.
Even though in the back of my mind at first I was thinking, “But what if the other girls think I’ve skipped-out on them because I’m listening to this new girl,” I couldn’t help but be nudged to ignore that thought and just listen. Maybe you’ve had these moments too – listen to the nudge!!
She’s 19 and has a TON of stuff that she’s dealing with. Mental illness, struggles with relationships and trust, addiction on different levels, and this overwhelming pain that her adopted parents, you can tell, have tried to help her with, yet her birth parents are the cause of it. She’s been to rehab twice, and knows that she doesn’t want to keep doing the stuff she’s doing, but just wants to feel “numb” most of the time.
Getting to hear her and talk with her about a lot of this, it hurts my heart even though I just met her. But I now know our paths needed to cross, I needed to get to know Nadya’s life briefly and have my plans change today.
I left her with some thoughts and even gave her my number, hoping that she would text if her hurt was coming on strong. I know she needs Jesus desperately, but the only way to tell her that is show her His love first.
As it says in Ecclesiastes 3:1,
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
There is a purpose for every step we take, every tear we shed, every person we spend time with. And it’s all part of our Father’s plan for our lives! I pray you have moments soon where your plans are changed for the better, that God throws you a curve ball – it could be the best thing for you today!
What curve balls have been tossed your way recently? Comment if you want to below 🙂
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