Monday, December 20, 2021
Witness: Connie Manchester
Scripture: Philippians 2:4
Weekly Theme: Love
Years ago, while preparing to make a military move with my husband, our first one with a baby, I ran an errand in a town outside the base where we lived in Georgia. As I brought our two-month-old out of the car, a woman called and waved to me from a window above the street. She had a baby too and had just moved to the area! After a quick exchange of baby facts, I explained that we were getting transferred, the area was nice, and I hoped she liked it.
While I ran my errand, she stayed on my mind. She was so excited to see another young mother and was reaching out to find a friend. But I can’t be the new local friend she needs. We are days away from moving. Still, I felt compelled to go back and make a connection. Perhaps I could share some information about the area.
So after my errand, I went into the building, guessed which apartment door hers was, and knocked on it. She was a military wife and a first-time mother alone in a new place, waiting for her husband’s transfer. He was stationed in Virginia, not far from where we were headed. So in a few days, we loaded a moving truck, added a car seat, and shared a ride in our hatchback and an unrestful hotel night with two traveling babies so that this military family could reunite.
Sometimes, when things seem to fall into place like that, I wonder if it is by design or coincidence. Did that answer the prayer of a lonely new mother? Was it my idea, or was I led to it? At that time, before her greeting, I was absorbed with a baby and a move, so I am sure that I was not looking to help anyone.
Other times I’ll set out to do a good deed thinking it is my idea, but with some uncertainty about it, then things will go so well that I will wonder again. How do I know when I’m being led to it by God?
Am I so absorbed in making lists and going about my busy life that I don’t hear well? Maybe I’ll be able to tune in better if I learn to declutter my mind and space more often, to quiet down. But meanwhile, I will continue to pay attention when I feel compelled to reach out, take a chance and make a connection, try to do something, and see what happens.
- Have you ever set about with uncertainty to help someone and came away surprised at how well it went?
- How do you know if you are being led to something by God?
- What helps you to quiet down and tune in better?
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