Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Got phobia's?

I hate to see people eating alone, especially if they are elderly. I have felt this way since I was a kid. Even back then my heart hurt for them. How lonely they must be.

I have had this phobia of having to eat in a restaurant by myself for as long as I can remember. I'm sure it's because I don't want people to feel sorry for me. Isn't that crazy?

I will go to great lengths not to have to do this. In fact, while on my way out of town today, I went through the McDonald's drive-thru and then parked in their parking lot to eat. I was not in a hurry, I just didn't want to dine alone in public. Does anyone else feel this way?

As I was in line at the drive-thru I looked over, and through a wall of glass, I peered inside to see yet another elderly women eating alone. While saying a quick prayer for her, I noticed something! She had her hands folded and head bowed in prayer. I just sat and watched as this women prayed to God. She was not alone at all! She had her Father in heaven right beside her.

I spent the rest of my day giving thanks to the Lord!

Thank you for always being there! Thank you for saving my life! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

You've just got to go here and listen to this!!

You are never alone if you have Jesus!


kmom3 said...

I always do feel a little strange if I find myself eating alone in public. But, of course, with my three always in tow, that doesn't happen much! :)
That is so sweet that she was praying, too. And that is a great song. I had never heard it before!
Thanks for your prayers.
Lots of love,

beckyjomama said...

Can I just say that this song is one of my very favorites. Her voice, the lyrics, the melody ... pure beauty!!!!

Your heart is beautiful too.
God Bless,
Becky Jo

PS - I have the same phobia. No WAY would I eat alone in a restaraunt.

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I have that same phobia!!!!!

I needed to be reminded that we are never alone!

Beautiful post here.


Leah said...

Actually I like to eat alone. Usually I will have a book with me and that is prime opportunity to read. My mom is the same way and so was my dad so I guess it is in the genes!!

Have a great evening.


Carol said...

I ALWAYS drive thru and eat in the parking lot!! Alan used to tease me b/c I would never eat alone in the cafeteria at college. More than being alone, I hate looking alone. What does that say about me? Not long ago I took my Bible and went to Red Sky and had lunch all by my lonesome - well, me and God. It was actually great!

Anonymous said...

Like Mother like daughter, I never liked eating alone in public either.

What a beautiful song. I love it.

Love ya, Mom

Jenifer said...

There was a day in time when you wouldn't catch me anywhere by myself. Now, I enjoy venturing out on my own. I especially like going to Starbucks, me, God, and my Bible, and spending a little time with Him.

How's your heart these days? and your speech?

Love ya sister,

Tiffany Stuart said...

Love this visual of the lady in her car. I would've cried.

What a picture, thanks.

Jenifer said...

Like you, I've definitely been more aware of what I'm saying and how I'm saying it. It has brought about more opportunities for me to connect with my daughter. In fact, this morning, she was having a bad morning- a little grumpy and fighting with her brother- we talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to control our words and actions so that what comes out of our mouths is pleasing to the Lord. It's been good, but it is a daily struggle.

I'm so with Paul when he said, "For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Romans 7:19-20

Oh, Lord reveal the sin in our hearts so that we can confess it to You and repent of it. Help us to honor and glorify You in our roles as wives, mothers, friends, sisters, teachers, and daughters of the Great I Am.

Praying for you,

Christina said...

I do the same thing. It's so uncomfortable to eat alone for me. I don't like to see people eating alone either. I always think what if they have no one to talk to? It is heartbreaking, but nice to know that this lady was not alone.

Joanne said...

Me too! I will eat in the dark before I eat alone in a restaraunt. What a blessed site to see, that woman eating with her precious companion, Jesus!

Happy Easter, Joanne

Cal said...

I have never thought about eating alone as a lonely time. I am always on the go and surrounded by people. I actually enjoy sitting at McDonalds or Subway by myself and catching up with God, my thoughts or a good book. I am glad you caught this woman communing with God. Maybe that was the only time during a busy day she had with the Lord.

God bless you for praying for her. I love to pray for people I see along the way, even if I don't know them.


Laura said...

My husband and I both hate to eat alone at a restaurant, but I shocked him when I would go out alone at lunch sometimes when I worked. I remember his disbelief the first time he called me and I was at lunch alone AND reading a book. I had never done that before, but I felt like I had to get over it. The 2nd time I did it, I was walking towards this lady and felt the Lord leading me to ask her to eat with me. It was the STRANGEST thing I think I've ever done, but it was a HUGE blessing. She still calls me every once in a while to pray for her.
Take care, and thanks for praying for me!