Sisters & Brothers,
I had a stranger come by my place today to pick something up I had listed for sale and we got to talking about this and that. Gaming, life, etc. The question of why I was selling what I did came up and ultimately led me to give him some insight into my future plans and current ones. Really I just don't have time to sit in front of my gaming computer for hours on end anymore and if someone else could use it and get it at a good cost then why not?
The more we spoke as I helped him pack up my computer the more questions he had and I tried to answer as best I could. One of the things that struck me most about the conversation that I am still thinking about hours later was when he told me that on his way down he had no idea what we was driving to and he might get killed. Valid, I was thinking the same thing! I think there is always a bit of trepidation when you have someone coming to your place to pick something up that you're selling. Anyways, after he said that he said "but when I saw you I felt like there was an aura around you and I didn't have anything to worry about and you seemed like a peaceful person". I smiled and thanked him for his kind words. In all reality though, he's right. I am at peace and my worries fade away quickly these days. I'm more concerned with those around me, do they have what they need to also find peace? How can I help them?
As we're loading his truck up he showed me the tattoo of his mother on his wrist so that she'll always be with him. I smiled again. What an impressively thoughtful human being I was blessed to meet this day I thought to myself. We spoke some more about God, what happens when we die, living life with patience, forgiveness and love. He also told me a story about how his mother used to brush her hands down his face at night and how he's felt that same thing even though she's been gone for some years now. "It's incredible how the Holy Spirit works" I told him. At the end of the conversation I let him know that while his tattoo is a constant reminder of his mother and keeps her close, she's always with him, walking with him every day.
Jesse, I don't know if you're reading this right now but if you are I want to say thanks to you. You entered my life for a reason today and while I don't know why quite yet I know it to be true. Thanks for the affirmation of peace that you gave me. Coming from a complete stranger it means a lot to me, more than you'll ever know. I hope the PC is great and you have a blast. Keep in touch and don't ever hesitate to reach out if you need something.
In closing I do believe that if we aren't open to witnessing the power of God in our daily lives then we never will. But for those that know that those graces do exist it's a wonderful thing when they happen. God certainly does work in mysterious ways and I've been fortunate enough to witness them first hand over the course of this past week. I'm grateful and I only hope that I can pass on something good to all of you now or in the future.