Yesterday morning I got up early and drove in to meet a lady from our church and her husband for prayer. She was going in for knee replacement surgery, and I was going to pray with her before her procedure. It was one of those mornings that I'm sure you're familiar with. I was tired, it was dark and misty, and I had ton of things to get accomplished in my busy day. I so enjoyed getting to pray with the awesome lady and her husband. It was one of the joys of my day.
When I went to leave the hospital, now in full "I need to get a good start on my day so that I can get everything accomplished that I have set to do" mode, I became very much aware that it was now raining and raining hard. Oh how wonderful! Of course, it was NOT raining like this when I arrived, so I had no problem parking out in the back lot, where I didn't mind the walk up to the front entrance.
But before I could really get into a complaining mode, I noticed someone. She's an older lady who was upset that she didn't choose valet parking that day and had no interest in going out to get her car. By this time it was really raining intensly. I recognized that at that moment, I had an opporunity to really bless someone, regardless of what it might cost me. I told her that if I knew what car she drove I would be more than happy to pull it around for me. Well, very trustingly, she told me the make, model and color of her small car and off I went. Of course, by the time I had gotten to her car I was totally soaked in my fresh pressed dress clothes. I pulled around to where she was and gave her car back to her. I then ran across the lot to my own car, continuing to see how much more water my clothing could bear to take. But you know what? It was OK. I had discovered an opporunity in my everday life to bless someone. That blessed me.
Proverbs 11:25 reminds us that "he refreshes another will himself be refreshed." It wasn't my aim, but I left the hospital that day feeling refreshed, and thankful that God could use me in some small way that, at least for one person, made a signifcant difference.
What opporutnities are there for you to discover in your everday life?