A week and a half ago, my friend Connie was driving by her house and noticed that her street was blocked off and there were fire trucks everywhere. She thought to herself, “Oh dear, something is burning.” It didn’t take long for her to see that it was her own house that was on fire.
Three years ago, Connie lost her husband to cancer, leaving her with five children to raise on her own.
And now this.
A few days later I spoke with Connie at church and invited her family over for lunch. She answered with, “Well, we already have plans today, but maybe just you and I can go out for lunch sometime this week.”
Um, okay. I was up for whatever she needed. We made plans to meet for lunch on Wednesday.
The day our lunch together was to take place, I was prepared to offer strength and encouragement to this woman who had lost so much.
Little did I know that I would be the one to leave the restaurant encouraged, strengthened and built up.
The whole time we were eating and visiting I was thinking to myself, “Why did it take a fire for us to sit down and have this conversation? By not spending much time with Connie before, I’ve been SO missing out.”
What a delightful woman. What a woman of faith. What a woman of strong character. I wanna be like that when I grow up.
I wish it wouldn’t have taken a fire…but I sure am grateful for the chance to get to know Connie better. I love how God brings great things out of the bad.
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