Domino Effect

The first time I ever met her was when I went to Wisconsin to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I know some people think it’s weird having online friends. But the thing is (and we all know this), it’s entirely possible to be surrounded by good people and still find yourself lonely. Only a few years out of college at the time, I was lonely. I had friends, but I didn’t have nearby friends who really shared my interests. I missed late night theology chats and debates about politics. The closest I ever got to those things at the time was through the conversations I had with my students, and they were forced to talk to me about those things. I missed being around people who understood what I cared about and who genuinely shared my interests.

I had read bloggers for years, but I was afraid to be one. And I’m not sure I was ever a real blogger in those days. It was Xanga. Xanga was less of a blog and more of a community. A place for rambling and flirtation and angst and other odd things we’d like to forget about. But through the various blog rings, I ended up stumbling upon some pretty great people, many of whom I’m still friends with today.

I had become friends with her (now) husband first, oddly enough, because of yet another Xanga friend I had made–a pagan I thought I could somehow fix with church. I thought if I could just pair this pagan in Mississippi with this seminarian who is also in Mississippi, all would be well! It didn’t work out like I had planned, but I did get two new friends out of the deal. First him, then her. We became AIM friends, which involved a lot of opening and slamming of doors, for one thing.

She and he were just she and he when I “met” them. He was in seminary in Mississippi, and she was living at home, working, and going to college in Wisconsin. I was in California. But these folks and a few others became an important part of my world. They allowed me to have more interesting conversations and pushed me to think about things from new perspectives (heh), and in that sense, they were a big part of my life at the time. They kept me sane and challenged me in areas where I needed to be challenged. In fact, I can honestly say if I hadn’t met some of these people, I’d be a very different person right now. And I think it’s fair to say that if they hadn’t met me, they might not be married right now. At least not to each other. We can’t actually know for sure, of course. But I did play a part in all of that happening.

It is a great, big, strange world, and thanks to the Internet, it’s also a very small world. I’m thankful for these two and their friendship. I’m thankful for the great and beautiful things God always does in and through people, things we don’t often stop to consider properly.

Incidentally, my pagan friend who started this whole thing just served me drinks in Portland a couple weekends ago. I wonder if he has any idea what he’s responsible for?

Beka Johnson
Beka Johnson

Beka is the Director of Inbound Marketing for a fintech company in the Seattle area. She loves dabbling, reading, scheming, writing, and dreaming up ways to make good things better. When she’s not working, you can find her digging up all sorts of adventures in her new city.

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