We are in a time in life when “HATE” seems to be the norm, so I feel the need to share what happened to me Monday 10/1/2018. I’m sharing, not to seek praise for such a small-insignificant gesture, but to show how God does work in mysterious ways.
I went to the post office Monday morning to mail a copy of my book, “If Tigers Were Angels” that was ordered Saturday. There were 23 people in the single-file line ahead of me and 3 behind me. Fifteen minutes later, there were 19 people ahead and 6 behind me (many others had looked through the glass door and decided to leave). I would normally have left also, but something “urged” me stay—I continued chatting with folks around me as we waited.
Then, it happened. A frail-elderly lady finished with the postal clerk at the counter and turned to walk out carrying a large box. I was in line near the exit door. As she approached, she was having difficulty carrying the heavy box. I stepped out of line and offered to assist her.
Her first comment was, “But you’ll lose your place in line.”
I replied, “That’s okay, Ma’am. I want to help you get the box to your car.”
I cannot imagine what she had in that box because it was definitely heavy. I placed the box in her trunk and told her to have a nice day. She acknowledged with a “Thank you so much, and you have a nice day too, young man.” Her statement made me smile—me, a young man?!? I don’t think so!
I went back to the line, which was now extending out into the lobby area—there were now 28 people ahead of me. Just as I was about to leave, a nice lady who had been 1 of 6 people behind me earlier, opened the door and said, “Come back in here, sir. We saved your place in line for you.”
I thought, “Wow! I didn’t expect that very nice gesture.” However, I’m not sure what the additional people now standing in front of me at that moment thought as I walked past them to my original place in line. The good news—no one said anything, nor did anyone take a swing at my head.
It was not a coincidence that while I was trying to mail a copy of my faith-based book that I found myself in the above situation. Normally, I would have been too impatient and walked out—but for reasons that elude me, I didn’t. I remained in line and did a very small act of kindness for a lady and was treated with kindness by others who were in line with me. All of this happened within a few minutes with people who did not know each other.
I’ve had numerous similar situations (all good) involving “Tigers” during/since writing my book. I know God has worked in mysterious ways in my life many times in recent years. He continues speaking to me, but I’m not sure of the path he wants me to follow. I will continue my efforts trying to understand His messages and look forward serving Him.
No matter how small the gesture is, try to do something kind for someone each day while not expecting anything in return. They will feel good and so will you.
May God bless you in all you do!
Tom Tatum – Author – 2018
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