Thank you, Mike Whitney and COS!
Because you challenged us to walk our neighborhoods and pray for them, I met a new friend!
As I was walking our ‘neighborhood’, I prayed for the individuals I knew by name and those I didn’t know. The unknown names beat out the known by about 10 to 1!
I prayed for all the children who play so close to the road. I prayed for their parents that they would reign them in.
I prayed for the unknown robbers who broke into our house several years ago and robbed us of not only our physical items but of our sense of peace and safety in our own home.
I prayed for all the people who drive down our road every day at breakneck speed. That they would slow down, keep safe and enjoy the journey.
After I prayed for all of that, I still had about a half mile back to my home. It was then that I told God, “If someone is outside, I will stop and introduce myself”.
And just like that, a young lady came out on her porch for a smoke and some downtime before she started dinner. God works like that.
I didn’t realize she was out until I was several steps past her property. I hesitated for a moment, arguing with myself (and God) saying it would look foolish and she would think I’m crazy if I stopped and went back.
The argument didn’t last long and back I went.
I approached slowly. After all, I had a dog on a leash and she didn’t know me from Adam!
As I got closer, I started talking and telling her about the challenge to walk and pray for our neighbors and that I had told God I would stop if someone came outside.
I introduced myself. Huffing and puffing and sweating like crazy. I am in no shape for physical fitness.
I then asked her if there was anything I could pray with her about and she teared up!
She told me she had a business venture on her heart that she really wanted guidance for. A small business that would not only benefit her, but the Grove community as well.
So, there on her front lawn, for all the world to see, we held hands and we prayed and we cried. We prayed that God would work out all the details for her and her dream. We thanked Him for divine connections and obedience and new friends and new beginnings.
My new friend and I plan to get together and walk our neighborhood. Praying, talking, dreaming, connecting.
Thank You, Father! Thank you, COS!