Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
The kindness of strangers
So, where did you see God today? A look at the garden from any window will show God’s glory in the daffodils and crocuses blooming. The camellia too is coming into bud. Soon she will be showing off her delicate pink flowers whilst the Pieris on the opposite side of the garden is already arrayed in his bright red bracts. God can be seen there certainly. However, sometimes we see God in the most unexpected places.
Friday is usually the day when people shop for the weekend groceries and etc. Last Friday it was manic in the food supermarket with people everywhere pushing and shoving to get the latest ‘bargains’. As a result the queues to get out were unusually long with customers unloading overflowing trolleys onto the conveyor belts for the bored checkout girls to scan. One older lady in the queue was getting tired having stood for too long already; she really needed to sit down. She had a number of items in her trolley but nowhere near as many as those in front of her. Nevertheless she was prepared to wait, after all she had no option did she? At that point a young shop worker came up to her to suggest that she might use the self-scan machine. “Oh, I don’t know how to use those things! They seem to have a mind of their own” she said. “Don’t worry” replied the girl “You sit down over there and I will put them through for you. I can give you a hand with the packing as well if you like.”
And that is what she did. Now you might say that since she worked in the store it was her duty to help the customers. But, she was not a trained cashier, she had other duties assigned to her within the store; in fact I am not sure that she wasn’t going off for her lunch break. She did not know the lady and did not ask for nor expect a reward. I doubt that the store will recognise her help for a customer. Still she put her own needs aside to assist someone who needed it. It did not take her long to scan the goods and to pack them.
Now, for the fact that she was prepared to help my wife that day I am grateful. Next time we are in the store she will get a bunch of flowers, she deserves that at least!
That was where I saw God on Friday.
29/2/2016 02:15:30 pm
We find God in the simplest of human kindnesses, if we are willing to look!
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I am an Authorised Local Preacher in an Anglo Catholic parish church, in the Diocese of Essex UK