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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: Clover Connection
By Allison Egley
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She looked around to see if the one of the yard's owners was outside.
"Hi. I'm Peg. I found this in your yard, and thought I'd give it to you. I don't need it, because I don't believe in luck."
The woman cocked her head to the side in confusion. "Thank you."
"What's your name?" Pam asked.
The two women started talking about their families and other aspects of their lives.
"Well, Beth, I told you when I handed you that clover that I don't believe in luck. But I'll tell you what I do believe in: prayer. Is there anything you'd like me to pray about for you?"
Beth looked surprised, then relieved. "I... I haven't told many people this; not even my pastor. But my marriage is on the rocks. I don't want a divorce, but my husband, Steve, does. I feel like there's nothing I can do if Steve walks out on me. I just wish I knew what to do."
"I don't have words, for you, Beth, but I will pray for you."
Pam continued on her walk, thinking about how her daily walks were become both physical and spiritual exercise. What had started out as a way to get out of the house after a long day at work had turned into a prayer ministry.
She had started a journal, keeping track of the requests. Every time she looked at it, she was surprised at how many people God had brought into her life. She didn't even know the last names of most of the people she had on her list; but that was okay. God knew.
As she approached the next house, she saw a man running to greet her, as he turned his head to his wife. "Hey, it's the Prayer Lady!"
Pam smiled warmly. "Hi, Mike. How are you today?"
"I'm great. Hey, we wanted to give you these tomatoes from our garden. It's not much, but we wanted to thank you for taking the time to minister to us." His wife joined him.
"Pam, do you happen to know of any good baby-sitters in the area? My work schedule is changing, so I'm looking for someone to take care of the kids after school."
Pam shook her head in awe of God's perfect provision. "You'll never believe this, but my next door neighbor has a babysitting business. The bus even drops them off right at the driveway. She's just a few streets over from here. I'll get you her information next time I come by."
"Oh, that would be wonderful. Thank you!"
"Hi, Beth. How are things going today?"
"You'll never believe it. Well, actually, maybe you will. I know you've been praying. My husband went to church with us last week! Before that, he hadn't gone in I don't know how long. The kids normally stay home with him, and they all went too.
"I asked him why, and he said something about how he knew he had messed up, and he wanted to try to get back on track. I don't know what he's talking about for sure, but I think he may have just reached his breaking point. He hasn't even mentioned divorce since he went. I'm amazed!"
"I'm so happy for you."
Steve walked out of the house, with their youngest daughter on his hip. "Beth told me about you. Thanks. I... I don't know what to say."
"It's okay. 'Thanks' is all I need. Actually, I don't even need that. Just the knowledge that God is using something as simple as my daily exercise for His glory is enough for me."
"Amen," Beth echoed.
Steve turned to their daughter. "Chloe, this is Ms. Pam. She's the one who's been praying for mommy and me. She's part of the reason we all went to church last week."
"Church was fun!" Chloe replied. "Can we go back again this Sunday?"
"Yes," Steve and Beth said together.
Pam continued on, reminding herself to write the answer to prayer in her journal. As a child, Pam always used to think that God only used pastors and overseas missionaries. Now she knew better. God never ceased to amaze her. And to think, it all started with a four-leaf clover.
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