Since we're all created in the image of a communal/relational God, I believe we have a fundamental need for relationships and community.
I have been blessed with amazing friends (and family!) my whole life, but since moving to St. Catharines I have been craving more intentional community. Rather than fitting into each other's schedules on random occasions, I wanted to have more significant connection with my friends.
So, since October, I've been hosting "Soup Sundays" at my house. Basically, anyone is invited to come for lunch at 12:30. There's a core group of about 6 people who try to join me regularly, and a bunch of others who have come on occasion, or who haven't been able to make it out yet.
This past Sunday, all 6 of the "core" people weren't able to make it, but 2 other people had been planning on coming out for the first time. I texted them on Saturday to let them know that they were still welcome, but that it would be a bit different than normal because none of the regulars would be there. They said they'd come another week, and told me to take a break.
The next morning at church, I bumped into a couple who had thought about joining me for lunch that day. I explained to them that I wasn't doing it that day, but they could come any other week.
Then I bumped into 2 other people who had planned on coming to lunch that day. I again explained to them that I was taking a day off.
As I was driving home, I felt convicted. If God has called me to do this, then I need to be faithful to my part, and trust that he'll provide people to come to lunch. And, even if no one comes, then at least I'll have soup.
So, I contacted people from church, whipped together some soup (with some improvisation, because somehow I was out of stock, so it turned out a bit more saucy than soupy) and ended up having a few people over.
I felt so grateful for God's provision, and I don't want to become lazy or doubtful. Obviously I don't want to be legalistic about this, but I do want to be obedient.
So, if you're in the area on a Sunday, feel free to stop by for lunch!