On a cool summer morning, I was walking along the gravel side road near my home.
Not a soul was present, not a single car went by.
I thought it was going to be another walk between me and the Lord, however, this time it was different.
As I looked to my right, I happened to notice a woman sitting outside on her front porch with her hands cupped around her coffee mug. Her eyes were closed, and her head was bowed. I thought to myself, “I wonder if she’s praying.” Without disturbing her, I continued on in my walk.
Moments later, I heard a friendly voice say “It’s a beautiful morning, isn’t it?” I looked back to see the woman smiling at me, and so I headed back towards where she was. “You must be our new neighbor,” she said excitedly. “Yes, we just moved here last July, we really enjoy it here.” Once we finished conversing and introducing ourselves, she said “Well, it was so nice to meet you, Sara. Hope to see you soon!”
As the days went by, I would see the woman sitting outside in her Muskoka chair with a book or coffee mug in her hand. We would often greet each other, and comment on how nice of a morning it was. I’m sure she was a bit surprised at how much of a morning person I am considering my age, but I really looked forward to our morning “hellos.”
It had been a few weeks since I last saw the woman sitting outside in her chair. I hadn’t been going for morning walks, so I thought I would get up and go for one today to see if the woman was there. As I got closer to her home, all I could hear was a woman laughing hysterically.
As I looked closely, I recognized it was my neighbor sitting outside in her Muskoka chair with a book in her hand.
“Hi, Sara! Don’t mind me, I’m just reading a funny book. How are you doing today?” “I’m doing good, what book are you reading?” She continued to laugh, “Well, it’s called ‘Anxious for Nothing’, but the author says some funny things from time to time.”
As I looked closely at the front cover, I noticed the author was Max Lucado, a well-known Christian author.
“I know that author, he’s really good.” Her eyes lit up, “Oh, you do?” “Yes, I enjoy reading his books, I am actually a writer myself.” She sounded intrigued. “What do you write about?”
I continued to explain to her the story of how the Lord brought me out of a place of sheer darkness, back when I was in the depths of a horrible eating disorder.
I shared with her a brief version of my testimony and went on to tell her that I use my blog as a means to share that message with others. “Wow,” she said, “You’re giving me goosebumps! I’m also a Christian.”
It was at that moment where I just felt God’s arms were being wrapped around me. Do you ever feel that, whenever He places like-minded believers along your path?
She said to me, “I had a feeling that you were a Christian, you know when you just have that feeling about someone?”
I smiled and said back to her, “Yes, yes I do.”