“I had one of those experience yesterday that could have made me wish I wasn’t there,” Stan said one morning. “But it made me glad I was.”
“Sounds interesting,” I responded. “What happened?”
“I was at the Big Box Wholesale Club. I had finished my shopping and was having some frozen yogurt in the food court.”
“I was sitting there by myself thinking about what I had read earlier in the Book of Psalms. A woman I had never seen before came up and said in a real cranky voice, ‘What are you smiling about? What about me do you think is so funny?’”
“How did you respond to that?” I asked.
“Well,” Stan replied, “I hate to admit that my first response was pretty negative. I thought why is this cranky person bothering me when I hadn’t even noticed her?”
“If that was your first response, what was your second?” I said.
“Why did God bring this person before me? What did He have for me to be in this instance?”
“So what did you say to this woman?”
“I told her I was sorry if I had done anything to offend her, but that I was smiling not about her, but about what I had read in the Book of Psalms.”
“How did she take that?” I asked.
“Frankly,” Stan said, “I was shocked. She seemed to melt before my eyes. She asked what I had read that made me smile, saying maybe it would make her smile too.”
Continuing, Stan said, “I told her that I had read about meditating on God and His glorious works, and that made me smile.”
“What was really great is what happened next. She said she was having a tough day and really needed to hear that! And then she apologized, thanked me, and told me to keep on smiling.”
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wonderful works, I will meditate. Psalms 145:5.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the splendor of your majesty and the wonder of your works. Please open me to see all of you and your works that you have for me to see. Thank you, too, for the people you bring into my life that need to really see who you are and what you have done. Please open me to always respond to them in the way you want, helping me to overcome any negative reaction I may have. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.