GIFTS COME WHEN WE LEAST EXPECT THEM
“When my best friend,
Roxanne, moved out from the apartment next door to go live with her daughter in California, I clung to prayer, begging
God to relieve my loneliness. I used to look forward to coming home from work, ordering a pizza with Roxanne, watching Netflix and just having a warm hug at the end of it all. The more I prayed that God would bring another special person into my life, the more alone I felt.
“When two loud college kids moved into Roxanne’s old apartment, anger devoured me and I bitterly assumed God wanted me to remain lonely. If You know the needs of our heart, You sure have a funny way of showing it, my heart cried.
“One evening, weary after another long day at work, I came home to find an orange kitten curled up by my door. I’d never seen her around before. I asked the new neighbors if this was their pet, but they said no. I put up signs, but no one called to claim her. Sometimes she’d disappear and I’d wonder if she found her way home, but on my darkest days, when I felt lonely and down, I’d come home and she’d be waiting for me, locking eyes and purring, rubbing against me.
One evening I dared to pick her up, and she nestled right against my beating heart. In that instant, I realized how wrong I’d been to lose faith in God’s plan. I asked Him to relieve my loneliness expecting a new friend like Roxanne, but He had given me a companion to soothe my hurts.
“That night, I took her in, named her Faith and ever since, she’s been the first one to see me in the morning and to greet me in the evening. Now I know keeping an open heart is more important than having my prayers answered. Because the answer may already be under my nose!”