Jane Part 2
The third in our series of testimonies from the students from 2013/14.
Jane – A story about a skirt and a girl called Steph: For various reasons, mostly related to my desire to feel more comfortable in the skin I’m in, I’ve been mulling about buying a new skirt, and had seen one online that I liked. Our car has broken down, and we’ve decided, once its fixed, to replace it with something newer. So, big expenses round the corner, can I really afford to buy a new skirt, just because ‘I want it’? No, so I shelve it.
The next day, Monday morning, my routine with my 4-year old changes, as we have no car, so we go by train into Reading to meet my mother-in-law for a coffee. We’re a little early, and, as we’re passing the store with the skirt, I decide to pop in. I see the skirt, the last one, not quite my size, but… I try it on, and it fits. Just. ‘Can I? Should I? OK. I will’. So… I go to buy it. And that’s where I meet Steph. Again.
I first met Steph at Healing on the Streets on Saturday. We offered her prayer for healing, and she laughed… she had literally just been moaning about her knees! So, a little reluctantly, she allowed us to pray for her. We sat her down, checked her legs – one is definitely shorter than another, so we pray that it would grow out – but nothing happens. Never mind. We pray for healing for the knees, and she’s not sure if they’ve improved or not. We then talk with her a little about how God wants a relationship with her. Sue talks with her about how her life has been difficult in the past, but God wants to be there for her in difficulties – or something like that. We ask her to come back if her knees are lots better – Sues very keen to see her dancing! She doesn’t come back.
So, to bump into Steph again is great! I ask her how her knees are… shes not wearing her braces, so ‘I guess they’re better’!! It really felt like a follow-up appointment, arranged by God.
And more than that, it was a blessing for me. Here am I trying to feel more comfortable in my skin, and purchasing a skirt I shouldn’t really be spending money on, and God steps in and says, very clearly “this is good Jane”.
So, now I have this beautiful skirt. And every time I wear it, I think of Steph, and pray for her – for her knees, and her relationship with God. And I reflect on Gods provision – he wants me to feel and look beautiful, and the odd ‘extravagance’ is blessed by him.
God is, fundamentally, kind, and wants to use us to show his kindness to those around us who desperately need it. I’m now able to be available to God to show his kindness to others. And I love the stories this generates…