by Macy Johnson
“Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.”
(Proverbs 25:25 NIV)
I recently babysat for Dahlia and Carver, who relocated with their parents back to Birmingham, our former home. It was a joy to spend a week with my grandchildren as we watched “Charming” and a variety of anime movies in between games, crafts, walks, and other outdoor activities.
My daughter, Libby, reconnected that week with Mary, a Kenyan and former co-worker. Libby’s family was invited for dinner at Mary’s home and I was encouraged to tag along. Little did I know it was a personal invitation from my heavenly Father. I visited with Mary’s husband and children for a few minutes before her mother-in-law appeared. Penny is a beautiful, gracious African lady. She welcomed me, sat next to me at the table, and confided so many painful details of her amazing life.
Dr. Penny grew up in poverty-stricken areas of Kenya. After struggling in her home environment, she was allowed at age eleven to attend a missionary school. I was in awe as she laid out intricate pieces of her journey from Africa to America. Penny received a doctorate degree in the United States and is a Christian counselor and life coach/motivational keynote conference speaker. Her long, difficult path has molded her into a huge blessing to her family and those who know her. I have a new friend in Penny.
I hope you are encouraged as I am to converse with those of strong faith from other walks of life. It excites me to see how God is working around the world in ways I could never begin to imagine. We can listen to their stories and support them in their struggles as they empower us in new faith.
I will accept every divine, unexpected invitation. I hope you will, too!