Humbled…Part 2

Nov 16, 2015  |     |   General

     The next stop for the morning was at Hy-Vee to pick up the 22 boutonnieres and three sheet cakes for Graduation.  At the floral department, I waited patiently, and was greeted by a young, beautiful girl who was very willing to help me (after all, it IS Hy-Vee and there IS a helpful smile in every aisle – including floral).
     She volunteered to help carry my purchases to the car, and as we are loading them in, she asked a lot of questions about graduation: what is it, who is graduating, where, etc.  Honestly, I was thinking, “What is the deal?  With SO many questions, why not just go online to check it out?”

Our graduates’ stories of lasting change inspire
HOPE in all who hear them.

     But then I turned to look at her, and see her eyes begin to tear up.  She told me that this day (Graduation Day) was her 120th day of sobriety.  She was weak in that moment, revealing how her close friend was just killed and she was trying to contact her sponsor because she needs help, reassurance, and encouragement to stay sober.
     Wow.  My church talks about kairos moments, divine intersections, and for me, that was one.  This was no chance encounter.
     I invited her to come to Graduation.  What better motivation than to listen to the stories of men and women just like her who have walked her path, who can express their love for Jesus and strength in Him when they are weak?   She said firmly that she would be there, and I pray she was able to make it.
     If I had only kept to myself, just going through the motions, I would have missed these two beautiful encounters.  These encounters reinforced what I feel my purpose is in life: to love others.  I can’t help but wonder how many other moments I  have missed.  I don’t want to miss out on divine intersections because they change me, they change that person, and God smiles down on us!  I wish I could have bottled up my emotions on Graduation Day, to hold onto those feelings forever.  They were amazing.
     My prayer for all of you is that you listen to our guests; listen to the Walmart checker, listen to the person in line next to you at the store.  Listen with your heart, and I promise it will change you.

Jennifer VanLaningham
Administrative Assistant

1 thought on “Humbled…Part 2

  1. I don't know how I got on this page tonight but I really needed to read this! Thank you!

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