Random acts of kindness, without the 'second thought' leading you away, can truly bless another's life in more ways than we will ever know. I almost walked away with regret in my pocket today, but God turned me around just in time.
There was a woman in a coffee shop who clearly was pregnant. Beautifully pregnant. She wore pure cotton, light and swift; a skirt with a spaghetti strap top. Her hair was up with lightened strands gently falling upon her face. She glowed. I would guess that she was somewhere near the end of her sixth month, maybe a little further along. I wanted to just tell her how pretty she looked today, but I felt awkward. Like, who was I to say so....some stranger and maybe she would feel put off by my notice.
I walked away just thinking that I would have loved to take her picture, just like she was, pure and pregnant and beautiful. That's the photographer's eyes, you know. We see everyone in such a way that will highlight how wonderful they are. We may not always be able to capture it or if we do, share it so that they are able to appreciate themselves but we still see them that way.
Well, I shared my thoughts with my most awesome friend and he nudged me, 'You should have told her.' I know, I should have. Why didn't I? I thought to myself and to God....why didn't I? And in the moment of that thought....I turned to hold the door for the person behind me.
It was her.
And, out of my mouth, without that second thought....I told her how pretty she looked today.
She beamed with appreciation. I couldn't resist but to mention how I almost didn't tell her. She told me how glad she was that I did, because she really needed to hear it.
Isn't God something?!
Then, I got to thinking tonight. My friend and I almost passed by another opportunity today. We were driving, looking for some nice scenes and just talking. Drove by this horse that appeared to be running lose and close to the road. With a few spoken thoughts, my friend turned his car around and we went back....to find that the horse was lose, alone and stubborn. I found a telephone number to the owner by the door and called while he tried to keep the horse away from the road. Long story short....we stayed until an owner arrived, the horse was safe and all remained well as we drove away.
I love the moments where we're able to learn, to feel as though our little lives can be a part of a bigger picture; and how God will continue to work through each one of us, sharing love and care. He allows us opportunities, seemingly, at every turn and all we need do is pay attention. When we do, amazing enough, He reaches into our own heart and softens us up - filling us with appreciation of our own!