BLESSINGS COME IF WE FOLLOW HIS LEAD
“After all three of my daughters went off to college, I didn’t know who I was anymore. I’d always been a stay-at-home mom, so with an empty house and only myself and my husband to take care of, I felt lonely and completely without purpose. I wondered if I’d fulfilled God’s plan for my life…and if I had, what was left for me to do?
“One Sunday, my husband was under the weather, so I went to church alone. As I sat down and looked around, I saw that I was surrounded by mothers and their children. Sadness washed over me and all I could do was hold back tears and say a silent prayer for comfort and direction.
“When the service was over, I grabbed my handbag, desperate to leave before I started crying. But as I got to the car, I realized I’d mistakenly taken the bag of the woman who’d sat next to me. As I bit back more tears and turned to return the bag, I saw she’d followed me to my car.
The kind woman smiled and we exchanged purses, but then she saw my expression. ‘Are you okay?’ she asked, concerned.
“Without meaning to, I poured my heart out to her about how lost I felt. To my surprise, she gave me a hug and said that she may have a solution: She ran an organization for teen girls who needed strong women to mentor and pray with them, and invited me to come by.
“That week, when I went to meet some of the girls, I felt more hope than I’d felt in months and my heart filled with purpose. Suddenly, I realized I didn’t actually grab the wrong purse that day…God ensured I grabbed the right one.” —Lyn May, 52, Phoenix