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 became 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 life. God moved us together in a weird but a 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.