Fresh Hope – Day 158

Every Thursday, without fail, I set off to find a quiet spot where I can get alone and prepare the message that I will preach on Sunday in our Church.

Just this last Thursday,  I was a little unsure as to where I to go, but felt that I should head for my local coffee shop where I know that I can find a quiet corner and get into that zone where I can hear from God.

I love the atmosphere more than the coffee at the coffee shop, mainly because I’m right there in the middle of people’s everyday lives, knowing that someone may need a friendly chat.

It’s quite usual to have two or three people come and talk with me, during the few hours that I spend sitting in my corner.

As I walked into the shop this last week, I immediately noticed a lady I knew that had recently lost her husband and was struggling to cope with life. Strangely enough, I’d chatted with her before and had put her on my daily prayer list.

With coffee in hand, I made my way over to her table and asked how she was.  I could tell from her demeanour that life was hard and she was struggling to come to terms with her loss.

After a few sentences about how she was coping, I was able to share with her that each morning I would pray specifically for her, and in fact only two hours earlier I had been lifting her name up to God. Immediately, her face brightened and she thanked me.

I walked over to my corner seat and continued with my day.

As she left her table, she signalled to me and gave a wave.

It somehow felt that I had actually been guided to be there that day… at just the right moment.

Every day, you and I have encounters with all kinds of people – at work, in the playground of your child’s school, at the supermarket; opportunities to help others are like appointments set up by God –  sometimes we keep them and sometimes we don’t.

Begin to see each of these ‘chance’ encounters as a privilege to help someone in some way find God in the brokenness of their lives.

I hoped that my encounter with this lonely and broken-hearted lady was a sign to her that God was on her case, in her moment of need. I will continue to pray.

Ephesians 5:15-16 ‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’

Pastor Mark

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