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Woman on the Train

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I had only been in Surrey for a couple of weeks when I decided to take the Skytrain and bus - by myself - to English Bay. Now you must understand that we do not have mass transit in Texas. I've never traveled on a subway, bus, or skytrain my entire life. I am directionally challenged and my phone was still connected to a US provider. I had no internet, which also meant no GPS or transit apps. So, this was me being extremely brave and adventurous!

I managed to purchase my Compass Pass for the day and actually made it to the correct train station. I then proceeded to successfully find the correct bus going to the English Bay area. I found the beach and spent a wonderful afternoon - walking along the seawall, shopping and having lunch. When I was ready to head home, I actually found the bus I needed which took me to the train station! All of these things were nothing short of miraculous. When I got to the train station, I was so proud of myself and so grateful that I'd almost made it home! But then, on the last leg of my journey, I got on the wrong train!! The train had gone a few stations before I realized my mistake. I panicked and pictured myself lost in Vancouver forever.

Now, another thing you must understand is that in Texas everyone is very open about their faith. Everyone wears crosses, prays in public, has a Jesus fish on their car, it's just really out there for anyone to see. In contrast, I have found BC society to be much more secular, more circumspect, and not as vocal about faith. So imagine my surprise as I sat there in a panic about getting lost, when a woman gets on the train and sits down next to me saying, "My goodness, but God works in mysterious ways!" Imagine my surprise at this conversation starter!

I looked at her and said, "Yes, yes He certainly does!" We started talking and it turned out that we have a mutual friend that lives in Fort Worth, Texas, my hometown! We also talked about my mission here and she invited me to come visit her home church to tell them about PAIS. Then we exchanged contact information and she directed me to the correct train to come home.

When I got home that night I reflected on the experience and thought to myself: I thought I was completely lost and on the wrong train, but God knew exactly where I was and why I was there. He brought a new friend into my life when I didn't know anyone in the area.

I had lunch with this lady a few weeks after that and she shared with me that she wasn't even supposed to be on that train that day! She has severe vision problems and usually has a driver, but on that day, at that exact time, she told her driver to let her off at the train station and she got on my train. Yes, my new friend, God does work in mysterious ways!!

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Lavish Boots

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I often see the Lord provide in my life, and as often as I do, I am still amazed and surprised when He does.  I recently told Gregg Baker this story, and he encouraged me to share it.

Last winter, at the end of the season, I bought a pair of boots, on sale.  Very cute, short, grey boots with zippers on the backs.  I loved them.  They were a decent price, and very comfy.  I had been getting some good wear out of them, when suddenly a zipper broke.  No problem, I thought, I'll take them to Peter's Shoe Repair.

Now Peter is a little picky about shoes.  He has told me more than once to "just throw those shoes away. They're not worth fixing." Let's just say I've learned to trust his opinion.  Who would have thought that a broken zipper would garner the same response?  Replacing both zippers would be $100.  That's more that what I had originally paid for the boots, and he clearly did not want to do the job.

It may sound trite, but I prayed about this.  I know God has more important things going on than my silly boot story, but I'd been talking with Him about my finances, and I know He always provides.  I began looking at consignment stores and sale racks.  Nothing for me.  It came to my mind that if I fixed up my pair of army-style boots I hadn't worn in a while, I could make do.

I put on the old clunkers on my way out the door to the Beth Moore launch party at the church. It would be dark, so no one would notice my shoes. What an inspiring evening!  I forgot about my boots completely. As the event drew to a close, there were draws for some fabulous door prizes, including a $300 gift card to John Fluevog Shoes. You guessed it, I won!

I went to the John Fluevog Store on Granville Street that very week.  Wow, it's expensive! Yet, I found a great pair of boots on sale for $199 (yay!) and tried them on... perfect fit!  So now I have a new pair of boots.  Next time you see me, you'll likely see them, too!

Why do I share this story?  It's because the experience reminded me again how God, the Good Good Father, provides for us. He doesn't have to, He just does. He loves you and me. He delights in us.  Sometimes He just goes all out and spoils us.  Thank you Father, for Your lavish Love.

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