Thursday, May 20, 2010

Encouragement along the way, even at Starbucks

This past Sunday, April and I headed to San Diego to complete some last-minute logistics for camp down there this summer. The drive took forever and was filled with all sorts of very unique circumstances.

Last week, Starbucks was having Happy Hour every day from 3 to 5. That meant half-priced Frappuccinos.  Of course we're going to stop for that. And that meant stopping at the bottom of the grapevine, also the 3rd busiest Starbucks in the world. Long lines, lost drinks... a crazy experience.  But while we were waiting, a girl walked up to April and said something like, "My name's Heather. I was in the Joshua program last year. I've been praying for your family. Can I pray for you two right now? There, at the 3rd busiest Starbucks in the world, a young lady took the time to follow the Spirit's leading, and took a moment to pray for us. Thank you God.

We drove back home Tuesday night. My friend Jay was driving separately and happened to stop at the Starbucks in Santa Clarita on Magic Mountain Parkway. There, the barista (Megan, I think) happened to recognize him from Hume. She went on to tell him that she'd been following my blog and to be sure to let me know that she'd been praying for us. Again, thank you God.

So there you go, as we move forward, we're reminded constantly that God's prompting His people to pray; and for that we're thankful. 


Unknown said...

His mysterious ways. Love it.

Unknown said...

Here's another random and wonderful way God is reminding us to pray for you and April. Paco and I were packing up all our camping gear this week for our first week-long camping trip with the girls. Haven't been through those boxes in a while. What should I pull out but a small white box of matches with the words, "Cliff & April Carey, September 26, 2004." Thinking about that beautiful day, the vows you took to cling to God and to each other through good times and difficult valleys... I dunno, just made me praise God for the way He is graciously enabling you to fulfill those vows for the world to see. Love you guys and miss you.


Elizabeth said...

Cliff... Im following your blogs, and my heart literally aches for you both as I read your journey. I think of you and April all of the time, and pray specifically for your marriage. I love your honesty and your ability to see what God is doing in the midst of this... I cant imagine. Please tell Briner I love her and I am so proud of her...
Elizabeth (Burton) Saukkola