A Week Filled With Blessings
You realize I couldn't limit myself to one divine appointment, right?
Here are three. I think I'll save the rest for blog posts this year!
1. We took two days to drive from Indiana to Florida. For three hours on day one, torrential rains battered us. Traffic was slow, and the husband and I grew cranky. What a relief when the hotel came into view!
As we checked in, a man stood behind us, dripping puddles onto the lobby's tiled floor. He explained, "I just spent eight hours on my motorcycle driving through that tropical storm."
His wife joined us, perfectly dry.
With a wry grin, he added, "She drove the truck."
He grinned! And Jack and I had been sniping at each other in our comfortable, dry car.
Thank you, God, for showing me someone who knows how to be gracious!
2. I walked on the beach every morning before anyone else woke up. But one morning, I had an unexpected companion. A dolphin, swimming close to shore, kept pace with me. He'd pass by, wait for me to catch up and pass him, then he'd start the cycle again. Two of God's creations, curious about each other, enjoying a short journey together!
3. On the long drive home, we stopped at a convenience store for breakfast (giving ourselves permission to indulge in junk food this one time!). As I searched for a bottle of forbidden Mountain Dew, I could hear a wracking cough from somewhere around the corner of the next aisle.
A lady appeared, face burrowed into her sleeve. She lifted her head and apologized once she could catch her breath. "I'm so sorry. It's not covid, I promise. As soon as I crossed the state line into Georgia, I started coughing. I'm allergic to something around here."
I'll often do the same thing with certain air-conditioning in Florida, and I told her so.
She responded with gratitude. I hadn't scowled at her cough. With mask mandates recently lifted, people weren't always kind.
We ended up enjoying a pleasant conversation for several minutes, strangers encouraging each other as they traveled through life. Maybe that's what Paul the Apostle did on all of his journeys, build up people wherever he went.