She had a driver’s license, but she did not drive. But, for weeks before his death, her husband had taught her to drive the short distance from their home to our office.
He insisted that, if something happened to him, she must drive to our office, because he was certain that our office was where she would find the help and hope she would need.
The woman was clearly distraught and wanted to die. As a matter of fact, she planned to die. She was going to go home and start giving away all her possessions. It was clear that she did not want to live without her husband.
It had been two weeks since the woman’s husband had died, and her overwhelming grief had taken away her appetite. And it had been over two weeks since she had eaten anything.
Even though I already had determined the woman was not eligible for any of the services our organization provided, I spent some time talking to her, trying to comfort her, and I encouraged her not to go home and give her things away. I also encouraged her to go home and eat something, but she resisted.
Then, I asked her if she had a back yard, and she said, “Yes.” I asked her if she had any birds, and she said, “Yes,” but she clearly did not understand why I was asking her about birds.
Because I love nature and know how therapeutic it is, I suggested she go home, sit in her back yard, enjoy the beautiful sunshine, and watch the birds. Then I asked her if she had anything she could feed the birds.
“Well, yeah,” she said, “I have some biscuits.” I encouraged her to go home and feed the birds some biscuits, and I urged her to eat a biscuit while she fed the birds. She agreed, “Well yeah, I guess I could do that.”
Since she had agreed to eat a biscuit, I took my suggestion one step further, and I asked her if she had any protein she could put on her biscuit. “I’ve got some cheese,” she said. “That will do,” I responded. Why don’t you put a piece of cheese on your biscuit and eat it, while you feed the birds?”
At that exact moment, her face brightened, her eyes lit up, and she said, “How did you know? How did you know? That’s what my husband always told me to eat when I was not feeling well. He always told me to eat a biscuit with cheese.”
It was then that the woman decided she had heard from God, and her husband had been “right” to teach her to drive to our office. She had heard what she thought she needed to hear.
I later learned that the woman went home, fed the birds, ate a biscuit with cheese, did not sell her belongings, and went on living without her husband.
Did God use biscuits and birds to give a woman hope, when she needed hope the most?
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