My eyes fluttered open at the sound of my cell phone ringing. Reaching for it on the bedside table, I saw it was my oldest daughter.
Having launched several children from home, I’ve learned to take their calls when they call – whether I’m in the grocery line or tackling my to-do list or just nodding off to sleep. So when her call came in, I answered.
“Hey! What’s up?” I asked, trying to hide my sleepiness.
But this wasn’t a call to chat or catch up. She’d seen something and was torn about how to respond, whether to respond. She began to explain that she had been driving home from work and as she exited the interstate, she saw a woman next to the off-ramp holding up a cardboard sign. The woman looked to be in her mid-30s with a small frame and dyed blonde highlights.
Her sign indicated she had no job and needed money.
Should she help or not? Handing off money wasn’t always the wisest and was temporary at best. Driving the woman somewhere was too risky. And if she stopped, what was she getting herself into?
I’d love you to join me at Katie Reid’s site to read all that God was doing with this nudge to respond as part of her Listen Close, Listen Well series.
Allison Lee says
This is a beautiful story, Lisa. I am not at all surprised that your Rachel felt compelled to reach out in this way! And what tremendous evidence of how God uses our faith steps to produce fruit. I just think–what if Rachel HADN’T responded in the way she did? Thanks for sharing.
Terri Brantley says
Wow! Seeing God in every step of that interaction is truly a blessing ! Rachel did a great thing! She has a wonderful role model!
Katie M. Reid says
Loved hosting your words as part of the “Listen Close, Listen Well” series, Lisa! Thank you!
Lisa Appelo says
Thank you, Katie, for the opportunity to guest post. I thoroughly enjoyed retelling this story that had encouraged my own mom heart. <3
Wow! What a beautiful story. What a perfect plan God had for this woman, and Rachel was there to fulfill His plans. Thank you for sharing.