Following up on Love

Written by Sister Stefanie on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Posted in Devotional

Following up on Love

I want to write a follow-up to a blog post I had written a few weeks ago. It was about loving my neighbor and how I needed to be more like Christ and show my love even when it's not being reciprocated.

(I also want to thank those who commented on the post for your prayers! All prayers are much appreciated!)

The day after I submitted the article, which was probably two or so weeks before it was published, I was mowing my front lawn. I saw a car coming towards me. I normally give a quick wave or smile to cars in my neighborhood, just to be friendly, even though I have no idea whose car it is. (Since I live in Colorado, where most people are pretty friendly, I'm trying to rid myself of my east coast attitude.)

As I was lifting my hand, I realized it was one of the women down the street, the ones who have been nasty towards me. I remembered what I had said I'd try, so I finished the wave and was starting to go back to mowing. When she passed me, (she had her window down) she waved really big and yelled a big "Hi." I was taken aback with surprise. But I soon forgot it.

Two days later, as I was walking my dog, I saw her again outside her house. As I was passing her, before I could even do or say anything, she once again, yelled a big "Hi" and waved. I smiled and said, "Hi" and kept walking, but I was floored. What caused the sudden change?!

Literally, the week before, she pretended like she didn't see me when I knew she had. This time, I remembered, and I mentioned it to my husband. As I was relating the stories, the article I had written popped into my head. God resolved the situation even before I really had the chance to do anything!

How amazing is that? A simple issue pretty much resolved just like that. Like the song says, "our God is an awesome God!"

Note: The other neighbor has not changed her attitude towards me, but the couple times I've seen her, I've waved or said a hello, so who knows what will end up happening with that.

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Comments (2)

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    18 June 2014 at 05:28 |
    Beautiful article. Just a note, not all east coast people have attitudes. Living in the east cost for 58 years, my life so far tthere are many wonderful great attitudes I have encountered.

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  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    19 June 2014 at 22:06 |
    Oh, I LOVED your blog!! I was at work when I read this and tears welled up in my eyes. I love how God works!! Sometimes we do not know what is really going on with people and what is really behind how they react. We have a tendency to think it is us, but sometimes it has nothing to do with us. Being sensitive myself, I usually think I did something that offended someone but often I find out the person is just going through a really tough time. We need to continue to pray for this woman. Hopefully soon, her heart will know joy again. As for the attitude comment, I know you in no way wanted to offend anyone. I know you know that the attitude people have comes from within and isn't based on where people live. You are a beautiful loving Sister and I thank God you are a part of this beautiful Church! :)

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