The Stranger on the Bus

If You Seek Him, You Will Find Him.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

God works in amazing ways. My name is Alexis, and this is the story of how God called me to step outside my comfort zone.

It was a Friday night, and I was on a charter bus full of Meredith College Teaching Fellows and Honors students who were excitedly discussing our field-trip to the North Carolina Ballet. The bus was completely full; there was not a single open seat, and I found myself seated next to a stranger. I’m a pretty friendly person, so if the person seems open to talking, I’ll usually start a conversation. I introduced myself, and in turn I learned my seat companion’s name was Jasmine. We started talking about our hometowns and what we were majoring in. Somewhere throughout the conversation we got on the topic of church. I told her I was still looking for a church in the Raleigh area, and she told me she goes to the Summit Church. My parents had mentioned this church to me a few times, because they would visit the Chapel Hill campus when they come to town to visit my brother and me. I told her it was on my list of churches to visit, and she invited me to come with her some Sunday. We exchanged contact information before we parted ways.

The next week I received a text from Jasmine inviting me to hang out with some of her church friends Sunday night because they were going to have a chocolate fountain for Valentine’s Day. Later I found out this gathering was called Family Group, and it is a college ministry through the church. I agreed to go, and asked if I could accompany her to church, as well. She told me I was welcome to ride with her. Sunday rolled around, and Jasmine met me in front of Johnson Hall to pick me up for church. I rode with her and one of her friends, and we met up with some of their other friends at church. Continue reading