Leaving the door open

A friend of mine who had to stay in hospital for a few days following an operation prayed for an opportunity to talk about Jesus to the lady she shared the room with. The lady was shy and it took a while to have any meaningful conversation but when they finally did she told my friend that she did use to believe in God, how her Grandma had shared a lot with her when she was young but since watching a family member suffer and then die she had since stopped believing. It was after this conversation, that my friend noticed the lady didn’t want to talk about God anymore.
On my friend’s last day in the hospital, she asked God for a word to give to the lady. She’d noticed how she had talked a lot about her little daughter who meant everything to her and my friend said to her, “Isn’t it interesting that when you gave birth and saw your baby girl for the first time you discovered that you were capable of so much love; a love that would do anything for her? And when Jesus looks at you he feels exactly the same yet with even greater love. My friend then told her, ” You may not feel ready for this now but when you open your heart to him you will experience this love”
Even when the door seemed closed, my friend didn’t give up. Paul told Timothy, ‘Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season, when it’s easy and when it’s hard because God never gives up on us. He is always working!

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