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When You’re Unexpecting

I am sitting in a rocker on the porch of The Journey Home, a hospice in Dewey. Having just dropped off posters for our SWR Harvest Festival (October 31st), my car decided it is time to take up residence and “expire” right here in the parking lot. Ironic. 

So, I am considering my options and praying for the solution – miraculous healing perhaps. I actually don’t say that lightly. As a life coach and grief counselor, I can’t help but think that’s what so many family members and friends are doing inside the house for their loved one on the precipice of eternity. This is not what I was expecting today, but as I have learned over and over, God often has other, better plans for us.

A woman suddenly parked in the spot next to my “seen-better-days” vehicle; so, I briefly explained my circumstances. I learned she was a hospice nurse coming to visit her client, and she immediately offered to move her car to make room for whatever needed to be done. I thanked her and told her that more than anything to do with the car, I was sitting here waiting for the Lord to guide me in my next steps. I had this gnawing sense that I was to wait. She smiled. As she began to move past, inexplicably I held out my arm and asked if I could pray with her before she went inside. She grabbed hold.

When I finished, she looked up at me with a tear-stained face and said, “Thank you. I think I am the reason your car wouldn’t start. I needed that very much today.” She proceeded inside. I sat back in the rocker, having caught a strong case of her tears.

Sometimes being about town is more than teaching at the Ranch, delivering posters, or presenting opportunities for financial support. It means being present in the moments along the way, and even more importantly, being available to be used by God when He leads…like stopping to pray with a stranger. God will always use us where He positions us and position us where He needs us, that is, as long as we listen and yield.

Thank you, Lord, for using me today, for helping me be patient and wait on You and for also allowing my car to start immediately after we finished praying. Amen!