A big part of this journey of giving requires me to be open to God's leading. Many days I found myself saying, "Okay, God, what's next?" One Saturday morning he answered me in a delightful way. One of my friends was having a hard time relaxing because of stresses at home and work. She made an off-handed comment, "If you were here, I'd relax." And that was it. I felt God tell me, "Go visit her." And I told her, "I'm coming." She was shocked because she lives 4 hours away. But I was confident God wanted me to do it. My husband had to work that weekend. I had nothing else on my plate. I was used to driving long hours to commute. The task had been selected.
Willingness to drive 4-hours to encourage a friend in need.
Gas and snacks for the drive.
The Bible says, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 RSV. My friend wasn't asking me to lay down my life for her, but God was asking that I give up my day. My friend was shocked, her children impressed, her husband supportive. In the end, though, I know I got as much, if not more, out of that impromptu drive than she did. The odds were high that if I would have stayed home, I would have binge watched a season of "The Amazing Race." How much better to be in a car than watching others. Be open to God and what he has for you in this journey called life.