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Topic: Retreat (as in quiet time away) (08/01/05)
TITLE: I Went By Myself!
By Claudette Wood
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I headed off for my weekend alone after work on Friday afternoon. On the way, I stopped at one of my favorite restaurants for supper. As I sat in the restaurant eating my meal, I prayed silently, “God, are You there? Do you see this mess of a child here? Will You be with me for a while? I’m desperate to hear from You this weekend.”
God’s answer to me was immediate. After finishing my meal, I looked over my dinner check, took my wallet out of my purse, and stood to leave. As I did so, a lady sitting at the table beside of me stood and came to my table. Leaning toward me, she very quietly said, “I am a Christian woman, and God has just instructed me to pay for your dinner. May I please have your check?” As quickly as I had stood up, I sat down—hard. When I found my voice, I responded, “I am also a Christian. Don’t we serve a wonderful Father?” She responded in the positive, took my check, and walked back to her table. I thanked her and left the restaurant.
Once outside—you guessed it—I cried. These tears were different, though. They were tears of joy and thanksgiving. My Daddy had just come to me through a faithful servant and reaffirmed to me that He heard me and loved me. It was the beginning of a wonderful weekend. I spent time in the Word of God, reading aloud His timeless promises. I wrote page after page in my journal. I prayed continuously, mostly out loud (I was by myself, after all!). And I slept—as often as the urge struck.
When I left my little nest at the end of my retreat, I was closer to God than I had been for a good while. My spirit was renewed, my emotions were back under control, and the revival fires were back in my soul.
God is SO good!
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