By Jesse Prentiss
I had arrived at the mall an hour earlier than the shoe store actually opened. Fortunately there was a play land so I settled in to let the kids play and pass the hour. I made eye contact and exchanged a smile with another mom a few times before she moved closer to engage in small talk. I had recently moved to the area and was lonely. She had recently become a stay-at-home mom and was lonely. We hesitantly exchanged emails. I feared I was coming across desperate and she worried she seemed like a stalker.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple braided cord is not easily broken.”
God promises to provide for our needs, even our loneliness. Individually we had been praying for a friend. We each needed someone to have our back as we battled the recent changes in our lives. God moved us together in a weird, but wonderful “only-God” way so we knew our meeting was totally from Him.
When Jesus is that third person in a relationship it strengthens a friendship into a bond that is not easily broken even under the strain of time, distance, and the daily challenges of life.
I shudder to think of the loss my pride could have caused me that day had I not had the faith to trust His leading to this new friend. Rachael and I joined a Bible Study together and had each other’s back. We became better wives, better moms, and better women together.
So if you are feeling lonely and unraveled, start with prayer. Then keep your eyes open for His provision. No matter how unusual it looks, trust He will provide for your needs in that wonderful “only-God” way.
Jesse Prentiss is first and foremost a child of God. She has been married to Jared Prentiss since 2000 and they are blessed with a son and daughter.
She still calls Michigan home, where she was born and raised, and lived in Ohio for most of her married life. Her husband’s corporate moves have relocated them several times before their latest stop in Texas in 2015.
She received her first copy of After the Boxes Are Unpacked in 2001 as a gift and has gone on to help lead the study based on this book in Ohio and currently leads it in Texas.
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