Sometimes a simple prayer may be the best witness…
Nettie had a sad, somewhat grumpy face as I picked up the egg, bacon and cheese biscuit from the drive-thru window at McDonald’s. I wanted to encourage her a little and find out if there was a way I could lift her spirits. “How are you today?” I asked.
She said nothing and gave me a frown.
Not knowing exactly what to say, I said something like, “Are you happy to be at work today?” (Of course she wasn’t happy to be at work! Remember, I didn’t know exactly what to say…so please, just keep on reading.)
She replied, “I had to be here at six this morning.”
“Oh. That’s pretty early,” I said with genuine concern. Still wondering what I could use as a hook to transition into a short spiritual antidote for her depressed condition, I received a bit of inspiration and asked, “Do you have anything to hope in today? Something to give you hope?”
Nettie thought about it a little then declared, “I have my driver’s test today!”
“How old are you?”
“Nineteen,” she said, handing me the bag with the biscuit.
“Can I pray for your driver’s test?”
Nettie turned her back to get another order and didn’t answer my question.
“If you want me to pray, you have to stay right here,” I said gently. She stayed.
I began praying, “Lord, I ask that you would bless Nettie today on her driver’s test and allow her to pass it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I hope you do well. I want to find out how you did, okay?”
I checked back a few days later to find out how it went and found that the Lord did indeed answer my prayer. He said no.
Nettie didn’t pass.
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