(so do you have the tune in your head? te he he, sorry!)
A LONG time ago I was part of a circle journal group and the topic I chose was "It's a small world" - I loved hearing the participants small world stories. My own story was one that happened while I was in Australia in 1982. I was riding on a train and a girl walked past that had a Canadian flag patch on her back pack, I stopped her and asked where home was etc. To make a long story short, it turned out that she was from North Vancouver and lived in the building that my Grandmother manages. Small world indeed! I find it happens often if you are willing to talk to people and ask some questions and take the time to hear their stories. Six degrees of separation often applies.
Last night was no exception - We were at a BBQ at our pastors home. The gathering was taking place to meet a fellow from Cuba who is travelling and speaking through Canada this summer. It is a rare thing to be able to hear first hand since for many Cubans international travel is near to impossible. There were several people there from our church, and a few others that had come because they had heard that Yoel was going to be there. I love how pieces of puzzles work together, simply because we open our mouths. (O.K. for those of you who know me well, you will know that I put my foot in my mouth often too. Fortunately this was NOT one of those times) One couple that came are visiting the Lower Mainland from Fort St John.
I pipe up with.. Oh you live in FT. St. John.. do you know.....
Sure enough they do, 1 degree of separation. Small world indeed!
I love that when connection can be made that make people feel at ease instantly. A new friendship is forged. God is good like that.
As we continue to talk and get to know each other, my up coming trip to Africa comes up. Your going to Africa... where? Niger, how cool, do you know Lisa.. , um, yes, I will be staying with her, she is one of my most favouritest people in the whole wild world (yes I do mean wild....) Turns out that this new friend had my dearest friend stay in her home the last 2 times she was in Fort St. John.
It truly is a Small world after all! I love it. I love finding that connection, I love hearing stories, I love how God brings all these seemingly little things together.
And just in case you have forgotten the song... here you go enjoy.