Larry & I just returned from a 12-day trip to Florida where we grew up (and a wee bit in Alabama, too). I had my class reunion, and we spent an extra week visiting friends & family. As we traveled from Gainesville to Mobile last Wednesday, we decided to take Hwy 90 instead of the oh-so-boring I-10 for a little scenic diversion. Between the towns of Greenville & Monticello, we saw a woman sitting on the side of the road waving cheerfully as we passed. Next to her was a sign which read Drive-Through Prayer Line.
We drove on, but I felt an irresistible urge to turn around.
I asked Larry, “Do you think we should go back & ask for prayer?”.
So we drove a little further, then I said, “It could be something special…”
He didn’t say a word.
I looked at him, then at the road, then back at him.
Finally he said, “Okay, if you want to turn around, then turn around.”
So that was how we met Geneva Morris. She she sits out there day after day – apparently rain or shine, ’cause her husband wants to set up a tent for her just in case it rains. “I’m home all day, and I just wanted to do something good for people.”, she said.
After our introductions, we told her about the Soles 4 Hope Trek – then we held hands together & prayed, I don’t think I’ve ever had a more powerful prayer said on my behalf as Geneva prayed with us right there on the side of the highway. She definitely had the ear of The Almighty, and it gave me goosebumps!
Afterward, we laughed with her about Larry’s reluctance to turn around – he explained, “Hey, I’m an engineer and I’m all about efficiency – turning around & driving 5 miles back wasn’t efficient!” But he was just as happy as I was that we had been ‘inefficient’ in our travels that day. There was a reason we took the scenic route, and I think it was to meet Geneva. She seems to have a fan club, too – there were numerous vehicles that honked at her as we chatted!
Later that evening, I was pleased to see that Geneva had found this blog & commented.
Thank you, dear lady – meeting you made our day so much brighter!
(A side note: When we finally rejoined I-10, the scenic route had cost us about 2 hours in additional time. Suddenly we saw brake lights and came to a complete stop. A big rig had overturned several hours earlier and the freeway was completely blocked. Thankfully, there didn’t appear to be any injuries – but if we had taken I-10 instead of Hwy 90, we may have been in the middle of that ‘parking lot’ for 2-3 hours instead of the delightful diversion we enjoyed instead!) 😀