Saturday morning, a friend and I began a long drive to Huntsville, Alabama. I’ve never in all my life wanted to go to Alabama but I went because Darin Hufford, author of "The Misunderstood God," was there for the weekend. He was speaking Friday night and Saturday night in a home and Sunday morning in a church. I had recently shared Darin’s teachings with one of my friends and, when she found out he was going to be in the southeast, she immediately talked me into going. The next few weeks were chaotic and stressful as our plans changed and, at one point, it looked like we weren’t going but Friday night, we knew it was a go and we set out Saturday morning.
Over the last two and a half years since I got involved with his ministry, Darin and I have become very good friends. We’d never met so it was an exciting time for both of us when we finally saw each other. I couldn’t contain my excitement as we travelled and poor Debbie had to endure eight hours of my constant talking.
Darin is a gifted and dynamic speaker and, of course, I’ve already heard or read everything that he’s posted on his website. However, this was a very special occasion as I finally got a chance to hear him live and in person. His teaching was fantastic as he kept us riveted to our seats with his stories and his great sense of humor and, just as I expected, it was a memorable experience.
Meeting Darin and finally hearing him speak was a major highlight of my life but there was even more that made this weekend so special. I immediately clicked with the woman who was hosting the meetings and we immediately started acting like we were lifelong friends. I really felt like I had known her all of my life. Everyone who was at the meeting was gracious and there was a constant flow of love like I’d never experienced before.
After Darin spoke Sunday morning, several of us spent the rest of the day just hanging out together. It was great spending time just getting to know one another. Sometimes, we were serious as we talked about our journeys but other times we just laughed and enjoyed ourselves.
Monday morning, several of us met at Starbucks for a farewell gathering. Debbie and I would soon be leaving to head for home and some other friends would also be leaving to return to Texas. It was a great time! We joked and took lots of pictures and Darin was a good sport as he posed several times.
This was an experience that I know I’ll never forget. I’m not sure when I’ll see any of them again but I do know that my heart has been so tightly knit with Darin and the group from Huntsville that distance will not weaken the bond. I’ve tried with this post to capture the essence of this weekend but I know I haven’t even come close. I can’t find words to describe the feelings that are going through me even now as I type. All I know is that I’ve been loved and . . . I’ll never be the same again.
Darin has some other trips scheduled. He’ll be going to Alaska and Cincinnati and I know there will be other trips in the future. To learn more about Darin and his ministry, follow this link.