Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alone? Never!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I experienced some computer problems on Monday.  And, you'll know that due to that time consuming problem, I wasn't able to meet my friends at the legion to listen to great music, watch dancing, and share with them a great meal.

I felt bad not joining L & D.  But, there wasn't much I could do about it.

Someone had told me that another legion location held the same type of event every Tuesday.  I checked on their website, since I heard that it was the location closest to where I live.  Sure enough, it gave me the day, time and cost online.

Since I had missed enjoying Monday's event, I decided to try the Tuesday one.

Unfortunately, I went alone.  I had thought about asking a friend to go with me, but in my heart I felt I should probably go alone, to check it out.

Was I glad I did!

Parking was a problem.  But, I was glad God provided for me one of the last spots available on their lot.

Upon entering, I expected to be welcomed at the door.

To my surprise, the two (2) women rather ignored me, continuing on with their conversation.  Eventually, I interrupted, offering my payment to enter.

I was handed a draw-like coupon and asked what this was for.  After all, both legion locations offer a draw to be held.  So, I didn't know if this was for the draw or for my meal.

They looked at me strange and said it was for my meal.  I commented that I had attended the Monday dinner at another location, but this was the first time I was joining in with this group. 

I asked what I do with it.  And, I was told to go over to the serving window across the room. 

First, I got a seat.  Then, found the ladies' room. 

On my way back to my seat, I noticed the person handling the music was the same fellow who does the Monday dinner.  He waved at me.  I waved back!

After picking up my plate of food, consisting of boiled potatoes, corn, chicken-a-la-king and a slice of bread, I decided to change my seat.

Since I hadn't found anyone I knew, other than the music man, and since no one had even said 'hi' to me, I decided I may as well sit near where he was working.

The meal was tasty.

Even so, I felt rather alone.  And, somewhat bored.

Yes, the music fellow welcomed me, calling me by name.  He spoke with me for a moment, but I didn't want to take up much of his time, since he was busy doing his music.

One thing that surprised me, was the fact that the whole time I was there, not one person/couple got up to dance. 

An elderly women seated at the next table to me, came over to comment about no one dancing.  We chatted for a moment or two (2).  This made me feel a little less tense.

Still, as I sat listening to the music, I began to feel like it had been a mistake going there, alone.  So, I left.

Instead of feeling lifted up and encouraged, as I had hoped to be, I felt rather sad and alone.

At least, until I once again turned my thoughts to Jesus. 

And, how He told us in Matthew 28:20, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

Just thinking of what Jesus said in that verse, lifted my spirit.  It's amazing how that works.  But, it does.

Knowing that He is truly with me, and with you... if you belong to Him, makes my heart skip a beat.

Thinking of how loved I truly am by Jesus, encourages me, daily.  And, gives me the strength to carry on.

How grateful I am that He loved us, so very much, that He came to earth to die on a wooden cross, for my sin, and the sin of all the world, of all who will believe!  How grateful I am that He still loves and saves those who come to Him.

There is no time, like the present.  If you do not yet know Jesus as your Saviour, please come to Him, today.

Until next time...

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