It was dark, the worship team was quietly playing, and as I sat in my seat alone, I asked God to come to meet me…rescue me…wrap His loving arms around me and whisper hope into my ear. He felt so distant, and I wanted–no–I needed Him close. I needed to know He was still bending down to hear my prayers. I needed to know if He still took the time to count the number of hairs on my head and if He was still catching every tear that fell.
Have you ever been there–in what feels like your darkest hour?
With tears slowly rolling down my cheeks, the sweetest old man whom I only know through passing came and sat beside me. He wrapped His arm around my shoulder, pulled me close, and quietly whispered, “Jesus wants you to know that He loves you and he cares for you.”
As I began to sob and sink further into this man’s chest, He quietly continued, “I don’t know what problem you have, but Jesus says your answer is coming soon. God has already sent it, and it will be perfect and just what you need. He hasn’t forgotten you. The answer to your prayers is coming.”
His shirt became soaked with my tears as I wept, knowing the Lord sent me this sweet old man to rescue me, wrap his loving arms around me and whisper hope into my ear. I will never forget his hug. It was the most amazing hug I have ever had. I will never forget his words. They were the sweetest words I have ever heard. And together, they took away my doubts and fears. Together they carried away my pain. Together they restored my hope and confidence. Together they gave me the strength to continue the course set before me. Together they reassured me that our Father is always near to the brokenhearted. Together they gave me everything I needed.
Today you might be sitting in your office, on your living room couch, or maybe in a cold waiting room at the doctor’s office, and you need a sweet old man to come and whisper hope in your ear. If so, can I be that person for you? Will you let me sit beside you, wrap my arm around your shoulder and give you some of the hope, confidence, and strength, which I have received?
If so, scoot on over and let me first reassure you that the Lord has not forgotten you. He is right beside you and hears your heart cries. He always bends down to catch each tear that falls, and He will never be too busy to stop counting the number of hairs on your head. You are precious to Him.
And while I don’t know the problems you face or the prayers you have prayed, rest assured that the answers you are searching for are coming; and you can be certain that because He loves you, those answers are going to be perfect and just what you need. I know this because He sent the sweetest old man to tell me…and now He is sending me to tell you.
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60 thoughts on “The Sweetest Old Man”
He is so good! I love how He places people in our lives in just the right moments. 🙂
Me too! He knows just who to send and when to send them. His timing is perfect! xo
Hugs! That is a beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness through this journey. Stay strong, sister, God is going to bless you soon, I just know it! Love ya hun 🙂
Thanks sugars!! Love you!! xo
Wow that’s amazing. Your picture is so true. My heart keeps twisting when i read another pregnancy. I keep asking “when will it be my turn? It’s not even my second baby, i’ve never had a + in my life!”. But one day, it´ll come for us. So keep faith, for you, your future baby, for me. Xxx
He is so faithful!! I keep telling myself that if He is faithful to send others in my path to help build me up and encourage me, then He is also faithful to His other promises. We will have that positive test one day and when we do, it will be a the perfect time in our lives. We must never lose hope or quit believing. hugs!
God is so good! I am so happy He sent this man to encourage you and remind you that He is at work.
Thank you! Me too!
His words made me tear up. What a gift. Grasp that and hold it tightly and dearly!! ❤️
I am holding onto this with every ounce of strength! It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I wanted to take his picture after service but I doubt he would have understood what a blog was or why I needed it. I tried to be sneaky and snap one but that’s just creepy. lol
Haha!! Creepy camera girl!! We don’t need to know what he looked like… I have this perfect idea in my head!! I’m glad you had this experience!!
So thankful for the right person at the right time to bring a message of hope. Thank you for sharing this, gives me hope in my wait and questioning, and doubting.
Ask God to send someone to you if you need reassurance. I asked Him on Saturday night during my prayer time for something…anything…and bam! Wednesday He answered. Love you girl!! xo
That’s awesome! I’m hopeful for you! XO
I feel you! Your honesty and vulnerability are always really touching. Thank The Lord for that old man!! You are STRONG! *Hugs*
Yes thank you Lord for this man! He could have easily stayed in his seat but he didn’t. He listened and obeyed. Thank you Jesus for that!
Thank you Jesus for your blue sock moments! I LOVE this! Just what you needed – that little bit of encouragement to keep on fighting – to keep going!!! Too sweet
Yes! I love the blue sock moments!
So, so sorry you are hurting so right now… Praying for you consistently and faithfully! And the way God works, and who he chooses to work through is so neat. Thank you for sharing this story.
Yes God is so crafty and never works through people in so many different ways. If it were all the same, life would be boring 🙂 I have been praying for you! It’s almost time!
Oh, Elisha! You brought me to tears! I SO understand every feeling you are going through. God led us on the same path…to just leave it all in His hands. It is SO hard to just let go and sit there and wait. Waiting seems like such wasted time. I just wish I knew what to say to help you right now. I know God sent this precious man to you right when your questions were needing answers the most. As you soak in his words, I hope you accept them as straight from the Father’s heart…to you, my sweet friend. Big hugs coming your way. Love you!
Yes mam I have accepted them straight from the Father’s heart. His words were just so perfect and answered every question i have had for the last several weeks. God is so good and faithful! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful source of encouragement and support. I will never, ever forget you!
Oh wow, what an amazing story! God bless that man for being faithful in listening to God’s prompting to talk to you.
I know right?! What if he would have just stayed in his seat and didn’t listen to God’s prompting? It’s not like he knew me or my situation…he could have easily dismissed it. Love that man!
I am in a similar place that you described in your post, full of envy and wondering when will this end?!?!? This is a hard road….I am so glad God sent you that reassurance you needed. Praying for you always.
Stay strong girl!! He is faithful to all who believe and call upon Him.
Thanks sweet pea!
I’m continually amazed at how clearly God speaks to you. You are a true inspiration!!
God is so amazing!! I have been so blessed by others while on this crazy journey.
What a beautiful story!! And such a special touch from God… He is sooo good to give us these reminders to stay strong!
Thanks Melanie!! I needed that hug and those sweet words so much last night. I woke up with so much peace and refreshment this morning.
Oh the tears flow as if I was sitting in that same pew. I shared with my husband that I need to go to church this Sunday- for a period of time I felt like I spent more time crying in church than listening to him & his word- his gentle response “can you make it through without crying?” Here’s to hoping❤️ know I’m praying for you and your husband that this week will give you peace & hope…as we know sometimes the wait and disappointment seem to get the best of us. Prayers.
Sometimes coming to Him and just crying is what we need to do. He meets us exactly where we are. If you need to cry, cry. Praying for you to have an awesome encounter with God this Sunday! Hugs!!
Elisha, even though we’ve never met in person, even though we don’t REALLY know each other, through the connection we DO have, I somehow feel so proud of you! Thanks for always sharing your honest feelings and allowing others to find comfort in them. I know that as you continue to rest in Him, He will show Himself faithful to His promises that you’re standing on.
Thank you for reading and being such a source of encouragement and support to those struggling with the ability to conceive! I know that we haven’t met…but we will 🙂 I just know it!
What a beautiful answer to prayer. Thank you for sharing this.
Yes it sure was! Thanks for reading 🙂
Beautiful story. And what a lovely old man. I am hopeful for you and really hope to be reading soon about your own little miracle. Xx
Thank you!! I am hopeful too!
I know exactly how you feel. I only have one friend that I know has PCOS (that I talk to in person, that is) but she told me just a week ago that she was pregnant. And it’s seemed like the last six months, every time I turned around, another one of my friends announced their pregnancies (with or without medical help, I don’t know). Two of my friends just had their babies, too. So I’m right there with you. That man was extremely sweet and I’m glad he was there for you.
What a beautiful message! I believe in you- God is listening!
What a wonderful and timely experience! Just goes to remind us that the divine is all around us!! Xo
yes it sure is!!! I am just so thankful this man listened to the voice of God and got up from his seat to come to mine.
Hey Elisha, I remember all the times all of those pregnancy announcements used to make me feel jealous and sad too. Now that I’m on the other side of the fence, I just want to encourage you with Ecclesiastes 3:11a: “God will make all things beautiful in its time…” The Lord knows what He has in store for you! He is faithful and loves to give good gifts to His children! I’m excited for your story! No doubt it will be beautiful and perfect for you and your husband 🙂
Awe thank you so much girl for this word of encouragement!! So timely and so perfect!! HUGS!
This made me cry. I love that God sent that man to give you reassurance during a time when you are asking a lot of questions. I love how God works through us and he certainly sent that old man to you at the right time. Sending you some major hugs. Thank you for being such an encouragement to others, even when you are feeling down and out. God is using you too and I know He is going to reward you for allowing yourself to be His vessel. XOXO *HUGS*
awe thank you so much! You are such a wonderful source of encouragement and support! I just love getting comments from you! Love you!!!
Oh my goodness. This brought me to tears. I love how God works!
He is so living and amazing. He truly blows me away.
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This is beautiful, Elisha and I am so sorry that you had this time of doubt and sorrow. I am so sorry that this journey is horrible but I am so thrilled that gentleman was there to provide the affirmation you needed right now. Please know you are always absolutely in my prayers. And I hope this Friday is going amazing! Hugs, gorgeous!
ehh you know how it is….the whole waiting game and wondering about everything. Ugh! But I woke up yesterday morning with a new hope and strength to keep going. It’s amazing how God knows just what you need to keep you going until He is ready. Thanks so much for everything! You are such a great source of encouragement! xo
This post gave me goose bumps! What a special blessing! It can be so challenging to patiently travel down the road God sends you especially when it seems that every woman on earth is pregnant! I lost twins last year and eight months later my sister became pregnant…. With twins!!!! But I just keep holding on to the promises of God. He’s always in control! Bless you on your journey!
oh my goodness! You have the craziest and most ironic story ever with your sister getting pregnant with twins! I’m praying for you as you continue on your journey. God is faithful!
Right?!? My sister and I called that “God moments”! And thank you for your prayers!
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