A friend of mine shared with me the story of how she had come through some marital issues lately. Part of her story was about a trip that she took with a friend while going through the most trying time and how she ran into an older woman who drew her eye. Upon seeing this woman, she felt compelled to talk to her, and as she explained it to me, she felt like God wanted her to talk to this woman. She had a slight chat with the woman, briefly exchanging niceties and chit chat in which she learned that the woman had been married for 70 years and that her son was a minister. Still, nothing meaningful came from the conversation and so she went her own way. She was in a foreign city and so she thought it unlikely that she would run across the woman again. She was wrong, however, because just a couple of days later, she walked into the bathroom of a restaurant and ran into the woman again. This time, feeling strongly about her need to talk to the woman, she shyly explained that she felt that God wanted her to talk to her. It was then that my friend shared with her the struggles that she had been dealing with. Before they left, the woman told her that marriage had many ups and downs and that everything was going to be okay. Since then, my friend and her husband came through their struggle and it was okay.
I thought a lot about the story my friend told me. The woman really didn’t say a whole lot. She gave no in-depth platitudes or wise one-liners, and yet, when my friend came away from the conversation, she was reassured that everything was going to be okay. It was as if God had to coordinate that meeting of two strangers in order to show my friend in a beautiful and gracious way that He was listening to the desires of her heart.
That’s the beauty and mystery that I love the most about God. I have often witnessed how He reassures us in strange and unique ways in the times when we need it the most. He did this with my friend and he used an elderly Christian woman, married for 70 years to show my friend that He was going to bring her through the darkness. I thought, also, about the lady and how amazed she must be to have a younger woman approach her and tell her that God wanted them to talk. I love how God makes things happen both ways for those who follow Him.
I was walking down the street this morning and saw the most beautiful woman passing me on the street. She was totally bald, but she looked good that way. I didn’t know if she had lost her hair to cancer or if it was by choice, but I loved how beautiful she was and my eyes must have shown my admiration. I smiled at her and prayed for her silently and then, just as we passed, I saw an almost imperceptible nod of the head as our eyes met. No words, just a nod, an acknowledgement that she saw my admiration and received it. It made my day.
Hebrew 13:2 says that we should entertain strangers because we might be unwittingly entertaining angels. Maybe I met an angel, and maybe today I needed one. Then again, maybe that beautiful lady who passed me by needed an angel, too. Either way, we both got our angel today and it happened in a split second without a single word being exchanged. I immediately remembered that just last night I had confessed to my husband that I was having a crisis of faith and that I hadn’t felt the presence of God in a long time. Now, I can see that my faith was never really in crisis, but I needed to experience the mystery of His love because of my own weakness. All I needed was the unspoken nod of a head to remind me that He is always present, even when I’m not.
March 25th, 2013 · No Comments
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