As I sat down on the seat at the service station my mind was miles away.
Thinking about all the things I needed to do
people to see
places to go
The last place I wanted to be was there.
Waiting for my car to be inspected.
I reached for the newspaper nearby trying to find something uplifting
but page after page was filled with the negative.
I turned to put it down
and looked up as a very tall man opened the door.
His sheer height caught my attention and I watched as he strode up to the counter
and explained what he needed.
I pulled out my book, opened it and began to read
when suddenly I heard this loud voice calling my name.
He stepped closer to where I sat.
“You remember me?” Eyes twinkling. Big smile.
I looked up. And then like it was yesterday I saw the face of a six year old boy
and I knew him.
“Bo!” (not his real name)
I jumped to my feet.
There I stood looking way up at him
all five foot one and a half inches of me
and he towering over me looked way down.
“You look just the same,” he grinned looking as if he’d won the jackpot.
All of a sudden my heart raced back to many years earlier when he had been in my class. Yes, I knew right where he sat in the classroom. I pictured his innocent face.
How very hard he worked as a first grader. Those giggles and grins. What a boy!
It’s amazing what the heart remembers.
There he stood before me
all grown up.
But he was still MY boy in some strange sense.
My heart swelled in pride as I gazed at him
the past intersecting with the present.
Yesterdays sunshine creating brilliance in the moment.
He stepped towards me
this great big giant of a man
and gave me an octopus hug.
“Thank you, Miss Brani.
My heart was too full to say much.
And then he was gone.
The whole experience must have taken only a few minutes
but it left a lasting impact that warmed my heart.
Immediately my spirits lifted and an ordinary day became extraordinary.
Don’t you love to meet someone you haven’t seen for ages
and immediately the heart is there? You sense the importance of their lives
and your time together.
Once more you glimpse the sacred in the midst of the mundane.
The gold that is lasting. Many things don’t really matter but
Love is eternal.
Your heart tells you it is so and so does His Word.
Let’s never forget that
and always know
please know this…
you are important to someone today.