Friday, October 16, 2009

In Desperate Need

This may be TMI, but yesterday I was in a stall in the ladies room at work, and I looked down to see the bottoms of two shoes. At first I thought someone had left their shoes in the restroom, but the shoes were covering feet and there were legs that extended from the next stall into mine. Apparently someone was on their knees in the stall next to mine.

My initial reaction was why in the world would anybody kneel on the floor of a public restroom? And then I heard some fervent whispering. After a few seconds I realized that it was actually praying. Some woman in the stall next to me was in such desperate need of spiritual comfort and assistance that she knelt in the women's bathroom and was seeking the Lord's ear.

I didn't know what to think, and then I was moved—so moved, that right there I sent up a prayer to the Lord to help this woman with whatever she needed. Because whatever she needed, it must be urgent.

The woman continued praying as I left the stall and washed my hands. And she was still praying when I left the restroom. I have not been able to get her out of my mind. I looked at women's shoes for the rest of the day in my office to see if I could identify her. But I never found out who she was.

Listening to an NPR story this morning about the jobless economy, thinking about family member's illnesses and misfortunes, and just the challenges of life itself these days, I've been so appreciative of God's grace in my life.

Life is hard sometimes, and when things just seem unbearable, you might have get your spiritual needs taken care of immediately—even if it’s in a ladies restroom.

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