Once in a while, I get a craving for what I consider a “comfort food”, and yesterday I really felt like having an omelet for lunch. I work about 5 minutes from a Bob Evans Restaurant, so you know where I headed!
I’m not sure what caused it, but I had a horrendous headache…my head was pounding. The hostess led me to my table, you guessed it, right next to a large table of children (6 to be exact) with their mother.
As I read the menu, I could hear one of the kids behind me rapping one of their eating utensils on their table. It was going bang…bang…bang and it seemed as though it would never stop. On top of that, the kids were loud (not misbehaving, just acting like kids!) and my head was about to explode. My eyes started to scan the restaurant looking for another table for me to sit. Just as I was starting to feel really negative toward the whole family for “disrupting” my peaceful lunch, an amazing thing happened.
Across from the large table there sat two women who were enjoying some wonderful “girl time” together. You can tell by their conversation and shared laughter, they were old friends.
One of the women started talking over the noise to the mother across the aisle. In a casual, very friendly voice, I heard her say, “what beautiful children…are they all yours?” When the mother answered yes, the friendly lady told her what a great job she had done. She said that it is rare to see children so loving with each other, and she admired her for the love and discipline it took for her to brave the elements and take all of her children to a restaurant. Then the two ladies started talking to the children, and it was heartwarming to hear how sweet they were. When the little boy said, “Guess what I can do. I can spin around and I don’t even get sick” I laughed out loud.
Guess what! My headache went away. I sat there, alone at my table, with my heart filling up with love for the family, and especially for the two ladies who not only shared love with the mother and her children, but also shared love with me and opened my heart.
Momentarily, I felt very guilty for the negative feelings I had, but I quickly realized that I am human, and we are all here for each other.
See how God uses us all to edify and love each other? These things happen all the time. We just need to stay open to the source of the goodness.
Anyway, the family left, and the two women were getting ready to leave. I went over to their table and shared with them the story of my headache, how the kids were hurting my head and annoying me, and then how their simple act of love toward the mom and her kids completely turned my day around. I thanked them. One of the ladies (Deborah), introduced herself and her friend, Carolyn, to me, and then took my hand in hers. She had tears in her eyes as she squeezed my hand. We talked a little, and then parted ways. They thanked me for coming over to talk with them.
Because of their simple act of love, my day was changed, and my heart was once again filled with Christ’s love.
Don’t ever think that little acts of love and kindness don’t make a difference. You don’t know the ripples that happen because of the ways you show love every day through your “normal” day. Not only is the recipient of your gesture affected, but also people around that are watching you.
You can be the reason for changing someone’s day, or life…and never even know it. When the love of Jesus resides in your soul, don’t be afraid to reach out and share it.
He will bless and magnify your efforts in ways you will never be aware of, to build His Kingdom!
May God bless you and bless your “normal” day!
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
- what a blessing (sitandsmile.com)