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The President of Broadway UMC’s (Bowling Green District) United Methodist Women discusses the experience of God’s presence at a recent UMW meeting. She shared these thoughts at a District UMW gathering.
Thursday night, September 20, we met at our regular time, in our regular place with an outstanding speaker and woman of God, Rhondell Miller. However, I don’t believe that any of us was expecting what God had in store for us at this meeting.
About 10 to 15 minutes into Rhondell’s talk, a very slight, quiet woman slipped in to our meeting. We welcomed her, and she sat quietly through the meeting only apologizing for interrupting and being late.
As Rhondell’s speech was winding down, this timid creature of God told us that she believed she was in the wrong place. Someone we don’t even know directed her to our meeting. In fact, she never did tell us how she found out about our meeting. She was there because she thought we were all homeless or were about to be homeless. She was there for support and information. All of a sudden, this very ordinary meeting became very extraordinary. Here was Rhondell who works with the homeless and was just beginning a new homeless ministry through HOTEL, INC, exactly where she needed to be at the time she was supposed to be there. Here we were, a group of women who work tirelessly all year long to serve God and His people—not to get a pat on the back, not for our glory, but for His glory. We were exactly where we needed to be for that time. All of us, maybe in our own small way, just like Esther, we were all exactly where God placed us, for a such a time as this.
That Thursday night, we all saw God’s face. We saw it in the face of a woman who works day and night with those who are homeless, under-resourced and broken. We saw it in the face of a woman who was scared, hurting and in need of comfort. We saw it in each other as we comforted her and showed her God’s love through us. For those few brief moments, we lived out Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
I believe that God was showing us in a very tangible way that He is always working beside us. I believe that God was telling us that we as United Methodist Women are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing. I believe that He was telling us that we as United Methodist Women are important to Him and to those we strive to serve. I believe He was telling us, “KEEP CALM and CARRY ON.”
I am honored to serve our awesome God alongside you.