One hot, late July afternoon I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood. The sweltering weather was made even more so by the fact that I was overdue with my second child. As I wobbled around the block, pulling my two-year-old son in a wagon, I noticed a young mother planting flowers near the front of her home. She didn’t look up as I passed but continued planting her flowers.
I circled the block once and, as I neared my own drive, felt inclined to circle the block again. There was no real reason to do this as neither my son, nor I, was enjoying this stroll. Nonetheless I avoided walking up my driveway and continued on with a few steps that would change my life forever.
As I rounded the block a second time all my senses were focused on the heat, my overdue pregnancy, and my complaining son. I chided myself for taking this additional trip around the block, not knowing what had every come over me.
Then, out of the blue, I heard a sweet voice say, “You look like you could use some lemonade.” Although normally quite reserved this invitation seemed to hit a chord with me and I uncharacteristically accepted the kind offer. The thought of resting my feet and letting my son out of the wagon was just what I needed.
As it turned out, the invitation came from that young mother who had been diligently planting her flowers. We sat, laughed at the dilemmas of young motherhood, talked of the weather, and went our separate ways.
Two days later I gave birth to my second son and, to my delight and surprise, received a beautiful bowl of fruit from the lady with whom I had shared a much-needed refreshing glass of lemonade. With the fruit she also gave me a beautiful book about raising sons (she has three of them) which I have since enjoyed over and over again.
Make no mistake about it, the Spirit will move our life’s circumstances, and us, in priceless ways…Here is Pam’s side of the story:
It was late July and Pam’s flowers were long overdue for planting. She finally found the time to work on them and was bound and determined to get the job done. The plants needed to get into the ground if they were going to survive. If not, she would have to throw them all out.
As she got to work she noticed a VERY pregnant lady walking in the street. The lady was pulling a little boy in a red wagon. It was quite hot and neither of them looked like they were enjoying the walk. As they passed her driveway the Holy Spirit urged her to speak to the pregnant lady, to say “hello.” She resisted the urge as the flower matter was quite pressing. She really wanted to get this job done and enjoy the garden. She didn’t want to lose the flowers. And so she let the lady pass by.
Pam continued working industriously when she noticed the lady passing by a second time. The little boy seemed more miserable than before and the lady looked like she was going to deliver at any moment. This time the Holy Spirit was quite insistent. “Speak to her!” And so Pam put her trowel down, looked up and said, “You look like you could use some lemonade.”
And from those inclinations, both hers to offer lemonade and mine to take a second walk around the block, God has forged a most beautiful friendship: a friendship that has lasted tweny years and several moves. A friendship that now sees children graduating from college, getting married, and having children of their own. A truly blessed friendship orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.