As I took refuge from the rain and spread out my colorful donut towel, a kind stranger walked up to me. I was reading a book from the founder of @preemptivelove and it sparked a conversation. For over an hour we talked about life and God’s abundant love. He told me of his past, the drugs he gave up, the cities he lived in, his service to our country, his faith.
He said he was free, but I could tell there was still fear holding him back. He stepped away for a cigarette but continued our conversation from a distance to shield me from the smoke. He admitted he still gets drunk and often fears he lacks the compassion to help his friends in need. He looked over at a friend sitting on the concrete, said he’s a Christian too, but a “broken Christian” I listened intently. With a huge smile on my face I reminded him that we’re all on a journey and it’s ok to admit that, just keep going to God. Keep loving people. Keep building relationships. I could tell he was a leader among the beach community. He said hi to everyone that passed by. I told him that he has influence and that God has so much more in store for him.
He said he thought he was free, but as we talked he realized he really wasn’t. He said he wanted to be truly free. So I prayed for him and challenged him to step out and soar higher ✨
He wiped away tears, called me an angel (lol, I’m far from that) and invited me to his friend’s Beach BBQ 😆 I live for moments like this! How I love solo traveling and meeting beautiful strangers along the way❤️ #aloha#waikiki#oahu#honolulu#hawaii#solotravel#vacation#love#beautiful#stranger