Show me the one
My morning prayers often include the following request, “ Lord, Show me one lone woman who needs a word of encouragement or a caring touch. If it is your will I will be Jesus with skin on and hopefully shine a little light into her life today.”
The encounters I have experienced as a result of this short prayer have amazed me. God uses me! He will use you. The result: loneliness is wiped away for a moment.
I’ve had divine encounters with grocery store clerks and stay at home moms. I’ve enjoyed long conversations with total strangers on airplanes. I’ve actually made friends with people God divinely appointed to cross my path.
I met my close friend in the ski chalet one winter day while our children were skiing. She had recently moved to town and begun visiting our church. We spotted each other. I recognized her. We greeted one another. I grabbed my cup of hot chocolate and we began to talk.
We stepped into each other’s lives at a time we both felt vulnerable to being alone. Our growing friendship filled deep needs.
Today 17 years later, we have both moved from the town where we met. She moved north and I moved south. That did not keep us apart. We’ve visited each other and talk on the phone often.
I thank God for answering my prayer the day he gave me a new friend to help combat my loneliness.