God never intended for any of us to live the Christian life alone. God has given us a community of believers to share our journeys with. This community has changed my life through my Sunday School class (Route 3:5-6) who over the years has become my family. We started almost 7 years ago as a group of young adults meeting for Bible study during Sunday School. We all got along well, but one particular Sunday stands out to me as the turning point when this class became not just my friends but my family.
About 5 years ago, we were having a discussion about our brokenness when our teacher, Kristen had us literally bring our brokenness to the table. We wrote down ways that we were feeling broken or ‘not enough’. We then put them on the ground in front of us, knelt in front of them, and we prayed for each other and our broken areas of our lives. As simple as this sounds, it was so powerful! There were tears, there was relief, and most importantly, there was REALness!
Shortly after, the name Route 3:5-6 was created after the verse Proverbs 3:5-6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” The “Route” part was added in front as a symbol of the journey that we are on together. Route 3:5-6 has shown me what it means to be a follower of Christ, to love others as Jesus loves, and to have compassion on those around us.
We all have come from such different walks of life and are in different seasons of our lives, but the best part is we have loved and embraced each other just as we are as we’re walking this journey together. We’ve laughed- a lot, celebrated new babies, rejoiced and celebrated the freedom from prison of one of our own, cried as we had to say goodbye to those moving on, held strong through tough transitions in the life of our class, and even mourned the tragic loss of one of our ‘family’ almost 2 years ago. I am thankful that God keeps doing immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.
Blog By: Lindsey Reiner