Moments with Meryl
Whilst at our Easter Conference, circumstances led to a group of us sitting with a lady from another Christian group. I did not like, or welcome the situation and wanted to sit elsewhere, feeling totally inadequate for any conversation that might follow. "Now Meryl, this is shame, and you act your way out of it; Christ is perfectly adequate for this and so are you. Trust Christ to be through you, don’t plan anything and don’t try to say the right thing."
The topic being discussed was our morning sessions and our new friend remarked how patient God is with us when we "keep getting it wrong." I explained how I’d been helped by hearing it said that Christianity is not becoming something, but containing someone. The conversation continued and I dominated it, loving every moment. I empathised with this lady who was steeped in church traditions–it reminded me of that time in my own life. I heard myself talking about Christ in you, the hope of glory, feelings versus spirit, he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit, and free will meaning not free to do things, but free to choose to believe Christ lives in us, as us. The words just seemed to flow out of my mouth, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. I just trust that one day God will remind this lady of our conversation, and use it for His purposes.