My husband and I have been blessed to commute together each morning to our respective jobs. We have formed a daily ritual of stopping at McDonald’s for our morning coffee, and we see many of the same people every day having breakfast. It’s kind of developing into a “community” of sorts, and each day brings a new surprise.
First, let me tell you, it’s a weird thing…I am usually the only female customer during those breakfast hours. I’m really not sure of the reason for this lack of females, but I’m leaning toward the “guys” taking a stand to consume lots of bacon, sausage and cheese without anyone looking over their shoulders. That’s just my assessment!
Anyway, this morning we walked in as usual, and the happy McDonald’s team members already had our medium coffee, medium decaf, and two creamers sitting on the counter before we even ordered. And as usual, they started our day with the blessings of smiles and joy.
We made our way over to our usual, kind of secluded, spot. As we passed two guys that we have been saying hello to for a few weeks, we smiled and greeted them. As we sat down, my husband started talking with them. We all proceeded to talk about our jobs, and the state of our country and the world in general.
Out of the blue, one of the men (Tony) started telling us about how he and his family are Christians, and how they read the Bible. He was sharing about how crazy things are getting and that you have to arm yourself with the Spirit of God within you. He then shared with us that his two children had an experience (at different times) of seeing an angelic presence which filled them with peace. He said that they described everything about the apparitions in detail, and he wrote everything down, including a drawn picture of what they had seen.
When Tony was sharing his faith and his children’s experiences, my husband and I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. He went on to share that he and his wife at first questioned if the apparitions were from God, however, as they realized the peace that came over their little ones due to the experiences, they felt more at peace themselves.
I shared my experiences of the times my guardian angel spoke to me in times of danger, and also the flash of light that surrounded both my husband and me at different times. I also shared with him that when I spoke with my priest about those experiences, he said that if the event brings peace to the spirit and draws the person closer to Jesus, it is God sent. Tony affirmed that he felt the same way…that the family is at peace and drawing closer to The Lord.
As my husband and I were standing up, getting ready to leave, Tony looked at us and said the following. His words still warm my heart when I think of them, and once again reminds me how we are all being watched.
We are evangelizing with our daily lives without even saying a word, without even realizing it.
What he said was this: “We watch you two together every day and see how much you love each other. What you have is special and more couples need to have what you have. There are so many couples giving up too soon, and too many people who are struggling with their marriage.”
We let him know that we went through many struggles, however, only through God was it possible for us to develop the loving relationship that we now have.
Marriage is a blessing…and so are the new friends God placed in our lives this morning.
Thank you Lord, for once again placing such beautiful people in our life. Help us to always see through your eyes, hear through your ears, feel through your heart, and allow us to work and show love through your guidance.