Audine McChesney was going for a walk when she felt a strong urge to stop at a home across the street. She had briefly met the woman who lived there, and was sure they had nothing in common.
Still, Audine continued to strongly sense that she must go to her house. "I'm weak and must get home," she reasoned. Besides, what would they talk about? Even so, she could not walk past that house. Trembling, she went to the porch and rang the door bell. Immediately a lady opened the door, reached out her hand for her and invited her inside, saying, "Come in. The Lord sent you."
The lady had been on the phone but said a hasty goodbye and hung up, again saying, "God sent you. I need a prayer partner. Something terrible has happened, and I just couldn't tell my friend I was talking to."
Audine was a stranger, but she ventured, "Do you care to tell me?"
"Yes, I do," she said and proceeded to pour out her story. Her daughter who lived in another state had disappeared, and her son-in-law had called to ask if her daughter was staying with her. The son-in-law had been abusive, and the woman was distraught because her daughter was missing.
Audine breathed a prayer for strength and wisdom. God told her, "Take her burden as you would that of any sister in your church."
Audine dropped to her knees and began to pray. She said, "If ever the Holy Spirit helped me to pray, He did that afternoon. I prayed for three things: protection for her daughter, knowledge where the daughter was, and peace for the woman herself. We touched God for all three requests."
They got acquainted over tea and cookies, and when Audine left, she asked her to let her know when she heard from her daughter. Within a few hours, the woman called and exclaimed, "My daughter called and said that at the very time we were praying, her husband had gone to the office where she worked and tried to harm her. He was hindered, however, by personnel rushing from door to door, locking them ahead of him.
Audine then knew why God wouldn't let her go by that house. Perhaps a tragedy was averted that day.
"His sheep follow him because they know his voice" (John 10:4).
Audine McChesney sent this account which we published in Women Alive magazine.