Genevieve Barrett (Mission, Allendale) and her four children stood on a narrow patch of grass inside Shreveport’s Norton Gardens. They’d stepped onto the grass after walking down a path and seeing people coming towards them from both directions.
With the spread of coronavirus, Genevieve was trying to maintain a six foot distance between her family members and any strangers. At the moment, she didn’t see where they could go--the nature area, usually quiet and peaceful, was swarming with people. Schools had closed down, and besides that, the azaleas were in full bloom, attracting onlookers.
“Let’s pray in tongues,” she told her kids. They paused for a few moments to pray, then Genevieve looked up. In the distance, darting from one clump of azaleas to another, she saw an orange fox. She pointed at it, and her children took off running, with Genevieve running, too. Soon they were away from the crowds.
“I realized that we had just prayed for the Holy Spirit to bless us,” Genevieve said, “and God had showed us a fox. I experienced the Lord being with us, wanting to bring us delight and joy in nature.”
The Barretts have gone to the gardens several times a week for years, but they had only seen a fox once before.