Chapter Three - Seeing God In Our Friendships

to look for her, even though she continued to attend high school. Later her mother told her they ‘couldn’t find her.’ But she knew they never tried. When her boyfriend’s parents found out she was pregnant, they let her live with them.

Petra was too afraid of drugs to deal or use them, but she thought about it. As a single parent, there were times they had nothing to eat and no working car. So she walked 12 miles round trip to work. During their lowest moments, Petra noticed an unusual pattern emerging. Some money would come in the mail. She found money blowing down the street. She even found money in the lake. God’s rhema was working in Petra’s life. Jesus said to Peter, “…go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money;[a] take that and give it to them for Me and you” (Ma 17:27). Petra knew she was being taken care of by a Higher Power.

Petra’s defining moment happened one night when she was driving very drunk. A state trooper pulled her over, took her license, saw she was in bad shape, and said he’d be right back. It was her breaking point and a pivotal point in time. Petra prayed the only way she knew how:

“OK, God. You know I think you’re bogus and the only way I’m EVER going to believe in You is if You get me out of this, I will believe in You. I can’t say I’ll go to church or go around blessing everyone all the time, because to me that’s just weird. But I will pray, I will change my life around, and I will believe in You.”

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle. The state trooper returned to her car and told her there was an emergency down the road and he had to leave. His last words to Petra were, “Take the side street home and slow down.”

As the state trooper walked away, he turned around, looked at Petra, winked and said, “God bless you.” She cried like a baby all the way home. She had chosen God’s way through her

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