I turned off the bedroom light and wondered what the next day would bring me. Tomorrow, I will be 75 years young and I just can't imagine what God would have in store for me on my birthday.
Tomorrow has become today and I'm awakened with the sunlight shining on my face. I sense God's presence. "Good morning, Lord.", I say; and I can feel in my bones that today is a precious day.
Once dressed and warmthed by my morning coffee, I feel strangely led to take a walk. I know that God is holding my hand and leading my way; for my bones are tired and muscles weak. I let Him lead me.
As I approach the park, my eyes suddenly become perfectly aware of this sweet lonely little bench. The sunlight is beginning to warm it's sides and it looks so inviting. I decide that it must be a perfect invitation to rest.
I sit there, on the little bench and watch all of the young children running around in the park. I see the younger women walking their puppies and others loving their babies. I see the old feeding the birds and friends walking together. Just as I begin to feel alone, God speaks to my heart. He tells me to wait.
I begin asking Him why? What is there to wait here for? "What are you up to, I ask?" Suddenly, He interrupts and I feel this touch on my shoulder. I turn around to see this frail older woman standing behind me with a gentle smile on her face. I look into her eyes and catch a glimpse of someone familiar. Who could this stranger be; with her hand so warmly resting on my shoulder?
Then she speaks and I know. It's my friend whom I haven't seen in nearly 50 years. The one that I've always prayed for and wondered about. Where did she go? What did life bring to her? Was she still walking with God these so many years later?
In that moment, God opened my heart and spoke ever so softly to me...."Happy Birthday, My Child."
~ Simply Heather
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