A sweet circle.

on April 30, 2012 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 16 comments by

I was going to title this blog post “the circle of life,” but then I wanted to make lots of jokes about you holding your babies in the air like Simba and I knew that this blog post would go off track something quick.

Settle in for a little story, my friends. Nothing finer for your Monday, I would say.

Two years ago (2009-2010 school year), one of my part-time jobs [I had eight.] was being a math tutor. I love math. I love it so so much. So I tutored these two brothers, one in 8th grade and one in 10th grade. I liked them. They liked me. We had a friendship thing going on, even when I made them crazy [or visa versa].

I remember the last day I drove away from their house. The boys were ready for finals [I hoped!] and the school year was over. I prayed for them. I prayed for school, but more than that, I prayed for them as men- that they would grow and be influenced to be men after God’s heart.

I didn’t see those boys again the next year (2010-2011 school year) mostly because they are smarty-pants, but also because I moved to Scotland.

. . . . .

This December, when I returned home, I started volunteering at the college service at Cross Point. I quick made friends with some of the college students, including Connor and Keenan.

[Who, I will tell you, absolutely gave me permission to use their real names on the blog. Well, technically, Connor gave me permission for both of them. So Kennan’s probably going to sue. Shoot.]

These are some quality men, much like the rest of the Cross Point Downtown crowd.

As the weeks went by, we would chat and we became pals. I have a soft spot in my heart for ministry to high school/college boys but being that I’m a single gal, the opportunities are very limited. But I love on them the best I can in this life place.

. . . . .

That is the back story. Here is where these worlds collide.

. . . . .

I went to a basketball game of my high school tutor boys in February and who walks in? Connor and Keenan. I was thrilled, because, you know, it was a surprise and I like them so much.

Do you know why they were at that game?

Because they are Young Life leaders. To my tutor boys.

Do you get that? Are you amazed?

Here I am, watching these two college men invest in the lives of high school boys that I prayed for two years ago.

Who is this God and how does He do it?

It makes me put my hand to my chest and bow my head and breathe out slowly- the amazement I feel about how God answered my prayers for these boys with more boys that I know and trust. Of all the Young Life leaders, of all the students, of all the schools- it’s my boys who connected.

I’ve teared up over it multiple times this spring. I’ve prayed strings of thankful words, for the high school boys, for the college guys, for Young Life, for Cross Point.

The way God weaves together our lives is a miracle, isn’t it? Every time. Yesterday, one of the high school boys and I sat in the stands together and watched my Cross Point boys play college baseball. And tomorrow, as Keenan and Connor and I sit in the stands and cheer for our high school friend in his last baseball game, my heart will be full.

Because these friendships right here? This woven piece of story? It’s a miracle.

. . . . .

What has God done to amaze you lately? 

. . . . .

Bonus Monday material: Connor cranked a GRAND SLAM yesterday. No kidding. Here’s the video.


  1. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 5:44 AM  |  reply

    This made me tear up. He’s good. So good.

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM  |  reply

      Right? Me too. Often.

  2. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM  |  reply

    Wow!! I love when God does things like that. I am convinced that there are no coincidences in life. God orchestrates even the little details in life!!

    – Erin

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM  |  reply

      Amen to that, Erin.

  3. merideth
    posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    So sweet. I love this, and it almost made me cry. Partly because I hope God does that for me in life(weave things together so amazingly, I mean). I love stories like this. So cool Conner got a grand slam.

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM  |  reply

      Praying that God shows you how He is ALREADY doing it in your life, Merideth!

  4. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM  |  reply

    Isn’t God amazing? BTW, it was nice to see you at (in)RL in Nashville this weekend! I’ve honestly never been to your blog today, but I’ve loved what I’ve read so far. Thanks for sharing your heart, and being honest for all the “single ladies!” 🙂 –Faith

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM  |  reply

      Thanks, Faith! So glad you were at (in)RL on Saturday- such a fun event.

  5. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM  |  reply

    Awesome story! It was great to meet you at in(RL). Isnt it amazing what can happen in the lives of young people whne God is involved? I have a fantastic group of jr high kids that I lead and I am telling you there are times when it seems like I get so much more from them than they do from me!

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM  |  reply

      Great to meet you too, Holly! Thank you! You are a good woman for hanging with jr. high kids. 🙂

  6. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM  |  reply

    Annie! I LOVE stories like that! Love them so much. God is quite the creative conductor, isn’t He? Beautiful stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM  |  reply

      I love that! “Creative conductor” – beautiful image.

  7. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM  |  reply

    LOVE this story Annie. Such a small world.

    • Annie
      posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM  |  reply

      I love our small world.

  8. posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM  |  reply

    I LOVE this story. I basically love anything that loops back to something else. Like the time I found out that my co-leader at this random Mississippi camp and I had gone to the same elementary school and church in Texas some 15 years before. His mom had thrown my mom a baby shower for me before I was born. They lived down the street. And then my family moved and we didn’t keep in touch. And then we ended up teaching middle schoolers about Jesus together many years and several states away. And then he married my friend….

    the Lord is sweet and creative and so so SO involved in the details.

  9. Dawnee
    posted on May 01, 2012 at 8:53 AM  |  reply

    I pray my son has someone invest in his life the way you have in theirs. Love the story….I pray it continues! And I miss you by the way….what do you say you come back make me some chicken and dumplings and we will make a family dinner out of it 😉

Join the discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get a sneak peek of Annie’s latest book! Click the link to download two free chapters of Let’s All Be Brave.