Suddenly two hours had passed!
My neighbor from next door came over yesterday to see if her daughter was in our home. She was. I invited my neighbor in and all of a sudden, she started talking....and talking! Two hours later, she walked out the door.
Now my family has lived in this house for 4 years. I know my neighbor's name, her daugher's name, that they have 3 huge dogs, her mom lives with her, her dad recently passed away....things like that. We haven't really connected or talked below surface level.
Some of that changed yesterday. She began to tell me of things that have recently happened with her ex-husband, his girlfriend, their daughter, her mother's recent diagnosis, financial issues, etc... She needed a listening ear. She needed to be able to just talk. She needed me to do a little commiserating with her. I needed to remain mostly quiet. I needed to really hear her. I needed to sprinkle a bit of truth in my limited comments.
God was good! He kept my mouth mostly closed. He allowed me to speak a bit of truth without being judgemental. He opened her eyes to the blessing of my marriage...it's longevity. What a blessing for me to hear that she has really "seen" our marriage. She has been witness to our family and it's greatness! I don't know that she realizes yet that she has really seen God's work...but I think that God will continue to give me opportunities to share that with her.