“Our desire for happiness is the fuel behind our soul’s ultimate pursuit.”
This is one of many sentences that touched my soul in a book titled Unsettled: Life Beyond the Yellow Ragged Couch. The author is Pieter Van Waarde, Senior Pastor at my church in Columbia, MO.
I began calling Woodcrest my home church almost three years ago. At that time in my life, I felt like something was missing, and realized that a relationship with Christ might be that missing piece.
During one of my first visits, Pastor Piet shared a story about a biker gang he was a member of. Now, this wasn’t a gang that rode around and caused trouble. This gang rode around sharing the good word of God, and as Piet described in a service one weekend, they thought they were a bunch of bada**es. Yes, that’s right, our Pastor said bada** in church. I immediately knew I had found my home church!
Shortly after that weekend, I started making friends around Woodcrest and even started volunteering in the bookstore. One Sunday, while assisting customers/parishioners in the bookstore, I noticed a book written by the one and only Piet Van Waarde.
“Huh,” I thought to myself. “A book by my pastor. I should probably read that in case someone asks me if I did.”
So, I bought the book…
And began reading the book…
And I couldn’t put the book down.
After reading the first few chapters, I began realizing that my journey with Christ was happening when it was happening because my heart and soul weren’t ready for it until then. I wasn’t ready to get off my “yellow ragged couch” and open myself up to God.
Piet’s book helped me realize that despite all the things that happened to me in my life, there was a reason for each of those things, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time.
If you’re struggling with where to go next in your life, or if you too need help living life beyond the yellow ragged couch, I highly suggest purchasing a copy of Unsettled. You can find it in the Woodcrest bookstore (if Piet has dropped off more copies in there), or on Amazon.
P.S. Thank you, Pastor Piet! You and the Woodcrest community have helped me in so many ways!