A couple months ago my mother and I were Christmas Shopping in Salt Lake City. You have to know that any day with my mom, is a day well spent. My mother is such a fun person to be around. If I had to describe her to someone I would say she is the modern day Lucille Ball. She is absolutely stunning, but knows how to have a good time. Needless to say, we were having a Ball:) Pun intended…
We needed to stop by Target to collect a couple things and went through the Target doors. Well for some reason we ended up going through the exit doors instead of the entrance doors, no big deal right? Well on the other side of the doors there was a familiar face. I had one of those “I have no idea who you are, but I know that I know you” kind of moments. She had this beaming smile and said our names. It was my sister’s past roommate and dear friend. My mom nor myself haven’t seen her for years, but we ended up chatting for a couple minutes, gave some hugs, and we were on our way.
To be honest, I haven’t even told my sister about that experience or even thought about it for that matter, until yesterday. My sister sent me text with a letter from her friend in it. After reading her letter, she explained that she was having a rough day and had a difficult moment with someone she was close to. Her are some words from her letter…
“As I was leaving Target through the exit, two very tall women were entering the same exit. They were clearly engaged in a conversation that made them happy as they walked in, arm in arm, smiling and radiating sheer happiness…(After speaking with them) The entire episode just lifted my spirits and filled my broken heart with love. I cried with tears of loves as I drove home. It was exactly what I needed.I literally felt wrapped in loved because they stood so close to me, they hugged me, they were happy to see me and I was so happy to see them…There really was something special about that encounter… Your mom and Rachel were on the Lord’s errand that day, whether they know it or not.”
Tender Mercies are very real. Just that small experience of some random acquaintances showing up when she needed it, helped her along in her day. God is so near, and gives us so many of these experiences all we need to recognize them!
You never know who is having a bad day, and who may need some extra time with you, a hug, or even a smile. This was such a beautiful experience, and I am so thankful that God allows us to sometimes be his hands.
Going through those exit doors was no accident.