Evalyn All was not from such a fine house. She lived in one of the shanties which crowded upon the backwaters. A small wood-burning stove heated the hut in winter—if there was wood—and water was drawn from the brackish stream outside, the conduit for the disposals of the towns and factories up river. Evalyn lived with her older sister and three younger brothers and a mother who disappeared for days, then reappeared without warning.
In her yearning for a better life, Evalyn All would go and watch the fabric of life woven daily around the great house. She would hide behind a bush near the gate and watch and watch, her big eyes observing even the tiniest details.
She noted that the clothes of the people were always clean. In summer they dressed in white. The piques and dotted Swisses and organdies of the little girls shone brightly in the sunshine and Evalyn wondered—How do they keep their things so clean?
One day a small boy fell on the gravel way. From her hiding place, Evalyn saw the gardener turn, gently wipe away tears, prepare a herbal salve, then bind the bloodied knee. She turned her back to the fence. The longing beating in her soul was too much to bear.
As the seasons changed, the foliage on the hiding bush fell to the ground. Suddenly Evalyn All discovered that she could be seen by the occupants of the great house and that none of them seemed to mind her presence. When one man smiled cordially and nodded his head in greeting, she took heart and walked to the very gate itself. Since there was no necessity to hide, she mustered enough boldness to walk completely around the iron fence.
Award-winning author Karen Mains continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.