We’re standing in the church lobby, waiting for the doors to the auditorium to be opened. I see a woman I’ve never seen before sitting in a chair. She’s not making eye contact with anyone. I get the urge to introduce myself to her…introducing myself to a stranger is something I’ve never initiated at this church (nor in most environments. I’m a certified introvert). I keep looking over at her. She seems to be alone.
I say to my husband, “Something tells me to go over to that lady.”
I can’t remember what I said first, but she explained that there was a division at her home church, so she decided to leave it and come here.
She says, “The music is too loud here. It affects my heart. I did some research online and found all kinds of information about how loud music, especially the bass, affects us.”
“Yeah,” I agree, “it’s loud. When my dad came I offered him earplugs.”
She goes on, “When service starts, I stay here in the lobby until one of the ushers tells me the music is over and then I go in.” She says that she sent an email to the lead pastor with all the info about how loud music harms people’s health. She tells me this same story about three times.
It’s time to go in, so I hold out my hand to shake hers and tell her my name.
She says, “My name is Doris.”
“That was my mother’s name,” I say.
The following Sunday, I see her and can’t catch her eye. Then Lori and Jim, casual acquaintances, rush over to say hi to us.
“Hey, I’ve been thinking about you,” I say. “What’s been going on?
“We’re getting the house ready for my mother to move in,” Lori says. “Pray for us.”
“Will she come here to church?”
“She’s 91. I don’t know about the music.”
So I tell Lori about how Doris has the ushers tell her when it’s “safe” to go into the auditorium.
Lori thanks me profusely.
The Holy Spirit had nudged me the previous Sunday to step out of my comfort zone and hear Doris’ story three times so I could share it with Lori. Not to mention her name was one I will NEVER forget.
Why did I leave my comfort zone? Because I listened to the Holy Spirit and I’m glad I felt the Spirit’s nudge to introduce myself to Doris.