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Afraid to Be Close, Part Five Miranda's Prayer
by Lauren Alan
09/26/12
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Later that afternoon Miranda sat on the couch with her parents watching a movie. All day she'd wanted to tell them what was on her heart, but there hadn't been enough time. Her mom had been out watering and weeding the garden, and her dad had been doing maintenance work in the garage. So far all she'd told them was that Trevor had left but she wasn't sure when he'd be back.

Finally during commercial break, before she could even think, she blurted out, "Mom, Dad, I love Trevor."

Richard and Janice looked at her, stunned. "What did you say, dear?" Janice asked.

"You know how we were going through The Five Love Languages in my college group? Well, when Trevor first started coming to church with us, Wes was still discussing it.Trevor talked about his love languages--gifts and acts of srrvice. He loves butterscotch cookies. So I baked him cookies this morning and did his laundry. I wanted to speak his love languages. I love him!" Miranda exclaimed. "This has gotta be weird. I mean, we've been friends with his family forever and he and I were nothing more than basically playmates growing up, and then we don't see him for several years, and all of a sudden I'm saying I love him!"

Richard patted her arm. "It's all right, sweetie. Trevor's a nice guy. Perhaps God gave you these feelings for a special reason."

"Trevor knows about my feelings," Miranda said. "I think he may feel the way I do. When he found out what I was doing, though I never told him outright with words, he almost kissed me, but then he pulled away and said he needed to be alone and think for a while. I don't know what to think. I don't know what's going on with him."

Richard and Janice exchanged a knowing glance. "Maybe he didn't want you to feel like he was disrespecting you if he kissed you without your permission," Janice suggested. "As for why he needs time alone to think, maybe he doesn't know what to make of his feelings. Like you said, you'd never been annything more than playmates growing up and you hadn't seen each other in years."

"Or maybe he's afraid to be close to a girl because of his parents' divorce. After all, they were married for twenty years and then divorced," Richard suggested.

Miranda nodded. "You know, one of those reasons you gave might be the reason. What can I do in the meantime?"

Janice held her daughter's hands. "The best thing to do, honey,is just ask God for His will and wait for Him to act on behalf of you and Trevor," she said.

"That's right," Richard added. "God will work out everything for His good in His own time. And God's timing is the only timing that's perfect."

"You're right," Miranda agreed.She smiled. "Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad. I'll do that right now." She hugged her parents and went up to her room, where she lay down on her bed and prayed, "Lord Jesus, I don't know if it is Your will or not, but I love Trevor and want him to be the one I spend my life with! He seems to have feelings for me, too, but seems afraid to be afraid to show them for whatever reason. If it is Your will, please help him to not be afraid and let us be together forever! Amen."

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