Sunday, June 12, 2011

Entertaining Angels?

"Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers,
for some who have done this have entertained angels
without realizing it!"
Hebrews 13:2

It was a typical Saturday for Claire and I.
Wes was working all day at the hospital,
and so Claire and I headed out to run the typical Saturday errands.
A quick stop at the bank, some light Father's Day shopping at Target,
and finally grocery shopping at Meijer.

Back in my pre-motherhood days, these errands would have been a fun and enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. But with a busy toddler, these errands become a game of
"how quick can mommy grab what she needs and go?" while Claire plays "how fast can I try to stand up and jump out of my cart while mommy looks away?" along with several rousing rounds of  "how many packages can I grab out of our cart and bite through?" I'm telling you, Claire is QUICK and BUSY! If you ever see me out shopping with Claire, you will literally probably see me singing and dancing just to try and keep her entertained enough to keep her seated in her cart so I can get my shopping done. It is exhausting! {Please tell me I'm not the only parent who experiences this!}

After successfully completing our stop at the bank and Target, we were finishing up at Meijer. Claire had managed to chew up a package of cheese, as well as throw a container of blueberries onto the floor where they  spilled everywhere. Remember, blueberries are round... so they roll. {The sad part is I picked as many of them up off the floor as I could and put them back into my container to purchase. I needed those blueberries!} Needless to say, I was a bit... frazzled and worn out by this point.

As I was scanning for the shortest checkout line, an older gentleman, probably nearing 80 at least, walked up to Claire and I. He stopped and said a few words to Claire... I can't remember exactly what.
He had a British accent; something you don't hear around our parts very often. I didn't think too much of this encounter until the man started to walk away and then turned back and looked me in the eyes and said "Bless you." Nothing profound, nothing I've never heard before. But there was something about the way he said it; it was like he very sincerely meant it.

Have you ever met someone who, because you know that they care about you, it confirms to you that God cares about you too? This is how this man made me feel. It was truly as if God was speaking directly through him to me. Was he an angel? There's no way of knowing, at least not this side of heaven. Maybe he was simply a human with a godly heart.  Or, maybe he was an angel. But whatever the case, he made an impression on me that I hope to never forget.

There are two things I took away from this man:

A sweet reminder of God's personal, gentle love for me. A reminder
that he sees every detail of my day and cares about every one.

A reminder to be intentional about really SEEING the people that are around me. It is so easy to hustle and bustle my way through my to-do lists all the time, forgetting to slow down and focus on what is truly important: loving the people around me. This even includes those I don't know. Everyone has as story. Everyone has a soul that was created by God. Everyone is important, and everyone needs to feel cared for. Even a smile and a friendly hello can mean volumes, reminding people that they are not alone in this big, often scary world. 

Lord, help me to slow down, and use me to show your love to the people you place in my path. Thank you for using the man at Meijer as a messenger of your love and care for me. Amen. 

Thanks for reading.... and may God bless YOU!

Happy Nesting!

{Now that I'm on summer break, stay tuned for some new projects!
It's time to get crafty!}


Mom said...

Just a good reminder to that it takes a moment to show people around you that you do care about them! It doesn't have to be a big production - just a look or a few words. If we could all learn to just slow down a little - like the man in Meijer- this world would be a better place!

Chelsea said...

Well said mom! I agree!

Tammie Griffin said...

Love it, Chelsea! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Bri @ Mod Memento said...

Chelsea thank you so much for stopping in to my blog to say hello and leave such a kind note! I am now YOUR newest follower too! :) I loved reading through some of your posts this morning! I especially loved reading your adventures with running errands with Claire... ha ha... oh boy have I been there before!! God Bless your sweet family! ~Bri~

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