I finally caught that big speckled trout I’ve been dreaming about! O.K., not for real. But it was a nice surprise all the same. Peggy and I were out shopping at Target yesterday when I got tired. I went and sat in the car while she finished up. I was feeling a bit frustrated and sorry for myself for not having any energy. Just as Peggy walked up to the car she saw some friends of ours. I look up and there are two of the nicest people I know – Susie and Rick Thornton. After asking how I was doing, Susie said “We have a birthday present for you in our car”. Rick went to the car and came back with this fish. And, on the back of it several of our dear Crossroads Community Church friends had written notes. What an awesome and thoughtful gift!
Susie had got the idea from a Facebook comment exchange from one of my blog posts. She had commented that the fish are going to miss me while I am in treatments. I responded that fish fear me. The gift made my day.
This whole thing reminded me once again of the presence of Godly people in my life. So many people of faith have surrounded me with prayers, words of encouragement, and acts of kindness through this time. We often look for the presence of God in our lives. I must admit that sometimes I feel God’s presence, sometimes I don’t. However, we should never neglect to recognize His present with us through the lives of His people. In the same way, we should always remember that there are times when we bring God’s presence into the lives of people through acts of kindness.