Jeff went to work the next day and by the look on his face, it looked like he had a lot on his mind. He was a little distant with everybody at work because he did not want to tell them what was going on. Annie came to see him in his office to and ask what was bothering him because she could tell there was something on his mind.
“Hey Jeff,” Annie said, “Do you want to go to lunch today?”
“No, that’s ok. I brought lunch today.”
“You never bring lunch to work. Is everything ok?” She asked
“Yea, I just have a lot on my mind right now.”
“Do you want to talk about it?”
“I guess we can, there is no harm in that. We can talk about it over dinner tonight, if that is cool with you.”
“Yea, that is okay with me.” Annie said.
When she left the office, Jeff was scared because he wasn’t sure how she would react when he tells her what has been happening. The relationship between Jeff and Annie has always been professional. They recently began doing a lot of projects together and they became good friends as a result, but they never talked about their religious beliefs.
The day went by quick and it was five o’clock already.
“You ready to go?” Jeff asked Annie when he went over to her office.
“Yea, just give me a minute to finish up on this report.” She said.
“All done!! Let’s get out of here!!”
“Where do you want to eat?” Jeff asked as they were walking out of the building.
“I’ve been craving chipotle today.” Annie said.
“Chipotle it is!”
After they got their meals they sat down, and Jeff began to explain to Annie what has been going on.
“So, this has been a crazy week for me,” Jeff began, “On Sunday morning as I was jogging in central park, I came across this preacher that was preaching in the park. I stopped there for a second to hear what he was saying. He had an interesting message that made me stay there for the whole time.”
“What was the message?” Annie asked
“Patience Annie, I’m getting to it,” He said jokingly, “He was talking about this story in the Bible about a king who thought he was on the same level with God and how God wrote this inscription on the wall. I can’t remember the whole story, but I do remember what it did to my heart. I never talk about it, but I have always believed that if my good outweighs my bad I will be ok in the afterlife. I never believed in God but I’m not naïve enough to believe that creation and human beings just came out of nowhere. So, when this preacher was preaching he was talking about things I have always wondered about. I met him twice after that and we had good conversations that answered more questions that I had. Last night I had to cut him off because he was giving me more information than I could bare at the time. He later invited me to their church on Sunday. I know we have never talked about this kind of stuff so what do you think about all these?”
“I was actually brought up in a religious home. I went to church for the first 18 years of my life. I was there when church was opened and was the last one to leave….”
“I didn’t know that you are a Christian?” Jeff interjected.
“Was! A Christian!” Annie firmly emphasized, “I got tired of it all. I wanted so badly to have the same relationship with God that people like the Apostle Paul, Peter, and David had but I never did. My pastor told me that serving at the church, helping poor people, and being a good person will make my relationship with God better. So, I did all these things, I even read the whole bible over twenty times and nothing ever happened. It felt like I was chasing something that I was never going to get. So, when I went to college, I was just done with Christianity. I still believe in God, but I’m just done with church.”
“Wow! I didn’t know all this. Maybe you can come with me on Sunday with them and hear what they have to say.” Jeff suggested.
“I don’t know, I have been doing good on my own.” Annie said, “I still read the Bible and pray every night before I go to bed. I think that is as far as I can go in this Christian life. I think God only appeared to them in those ways and He isn’t doing that today. I am fine with that reality.”
“Just come with me and hear them out. You don’t have to like what they say. Plus, I need somebody who I trust in case they try to pull one on me.” Jeff was practically beginning Annie.
“Ok! I will come and now you owe me big time.” She said.
“Awesome!” Jeff replied