We officially met at Travis's church, Unveiled, while I was helping our good friend (and officiant) Kelly, plan a Christmas day outreach event. He stopped by quickly just to help get a car part off before he had to race to his son's band recital. We didn't even speak, it was 5 minutes of Trav telling Kelly that they "need more elbow grease", Kelly giving a brief introduction between the two of us, and a smile from Trav that gave me butterflies. Our friend Rachel must have noticed my reaction to his smile and immediately started telling me what an amazing man and dad he is (she was a great wingman and still is- now she just helps us both out lol). I started to realize that he looked familiar, and then it hit me- he had added me on Facebook the month prior. I was super interested in learning more about this unbelievable single dad that loved Jesus, ran to help people when they needed a hand and still made it to his son to support him- so I sent him a message saying it was nice to actually meet him in person. That's right- I totally made the first move... at least toward building a friendship. It wasn't long after we started messaging that I started looking forward to the "hello" or "good morning" I would get every day. As with every good Christ-centered friendship, I eventually asked him for his testimony... and this is where he showed just how smooth he was when he said, "That story would require getting a cup of coffee." Now, if you know me, you know that there are two things I never turn down; conversations about Jesus and coffee! I was so nervous walking into the coffee shop, until I realized that he seemed more nervous than I was. As I sat across from this handsome, kind, mighty man of God and listened to his incredible story I couldn't help but see all the places that our testimonies intersected and all the ways God could use us together for His Kingdom. I left coffee with a peaceful knowing that I would soon begin one of my life's greatest God adventures yet. I knew that God was about to give me the desires of my heart; I never imagined at that point that I would truly see Ephesians 3:20-21 come to life.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.