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Missed Opportunity

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due
when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

I met her while walking my “grand dog” around my in-law’s neighborhood. She walked toward me on the sidewalk so our paths were bound to meet.

Of course, I smiled and said hello. She asked me if I knew where a bus station might be located. Since I was just visiting the area I did not have a clue. I saw a convenience store located nearby so I told her that might be her best bet to get her questions answered.

As we started to part, she began explaining that her husband had become abusive and she needed to get away from him. I asked for her name and told her that I would pray for her.

After she had left to go on her way and I had walked a little farther, I realized that I had told her I would pray for her, but I did not stop and pray for her right there on the spot. I did not tell her how much Jesus loved her and that He would not ever abuse her. He had taken abuse for her.

I felt sick. How could I have missed such a great opportunity to both pray with and witness to someone?

I kind of hung my head on the rest of my walk, but I prayed for her the whole way back. I had missed that opportunity to pray with her, but I would not miss out on the privilege of praying for her every time God brought her back to my mind.

Hopefully, the next time I get an opportunity like this one, I will remember what happened on this day and not miss another one.

Lord, I am so sorry that I missed this opportunity to share you with a stranger. Please help me to have my spiritual eyes open the next time such an opportunity presents itself. Thank you for your forgiveness.

Susan P.

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