Our development is one little street with a total of 10 houses. I see many of our neighbors (mostly the men) when I’m out doing yardwork. I’ve been encouraging my wife for months (years) to get in touch with the women of our neighborhood and pursue intentional relationship. A couple weeks ago she was led to call one of the neighbor ladies and ended up on the phone with her for 2 hrs. There was much sharing going on, and since then they have talked several times. Also a couple weeks ago, my wife had the next-door-neighbor-lady over for morning coffee. This woman has told us repeatedly over the years that every time she talks to one of us she feels like she’s had church.
This past weekend, my wife and I (mostly my wife) were wondering out loud why we were still living in our house and in this neighborhood; we’d tried to move 2 years ago because I had gotten a job as a youth pastor in another state (where my daughter now lives). Yesterday my wife called me and told me that she had gotten a call from yet another of the neighbor ladies telling her that several of our neighbors had been victims of break-ins over the last few days. They decided that there should be a neighborhood meeting to discuss the break-ins and explore what, if anything, we could do about it to watch each others’ backs, etc.
By the end of yesterday, my wife had spoken to all the neighbor ladies – and several of them for extended periods. One woman even commented, “we have a lot in common we should get together sometime…)
I told her it was pretty cool that she’d gotten an answer to her question so quickly – we’re not supposed to move yet, because we haven’t finished reaching out to our immediate neighbors; our Jerusalem.
I’ve been telling her to call people for months, and all of a sudden they are calling her. I think I’ll shut up now and just let God work…his timing is so much better than mine.
I’m grateful to God that my wife is finding a new mission and a new purpose for her life. She’s having pre-empty nest syndrome, and she’s been wondering what she can do to contribute to our household after the kids are all off to college or whatever. She’s getting her answer.
Pretty cool, eh?