We hadn’t been seated very long when I noticed her.
She was standing with a large shopping cart which contained groceries and three little children.
Her dress ballooned out in front of her, for she was great with child.
She’d obviously been very busy that morning.
Her hairdo showed signs of being pulled one way and then another, possibly even tousled by the wind.
Fatigue, even discomfort, out-lined her movements.
Yet, she wore a soft smile.
I motioned to our daughter.
She nodded, rubbing her own baby bump and replying, “Yes, I noticed her. Poor thing she looks worn out.”
We continued to monitor the grandbabies eating their lunch.
The pregnant mother moved her cart farther from the bustle of people, all trying to leave with their groceries, closer to the food area.
My heart was concerned, there wasn’t a table available for her to sit.
I began to pray for her and then I felt I was to look at her again.
When I did, I noticed she was carefully scanning the people in line to order as well as those who had retrieved their food and were filling their drinks.
About the same time, my daughter leaned across the table and asked, “Do you think she’d be offended if I went over and asked her if she would like some help?”
My heart swelled up with joy.
Our adult daughter, so filled with compassion for another lady, was willing to offer her help.
She could have simply shrugged her shoulders and thought, “I have enough of my own to deal with,” but instead she was willing to try to bless someone else who looked in need.
I smiled and replied that I was pretty certain she was looking for someone.
We both looked back at her in time to see a lady, old enough to be the other woman’s mother, carrying food and drinks on a tray.
Before long a table opened up and they were seated.
I smiled warmly at our daughter.
She’s smiled back and we gave each other a fist bump across the table.
Because we realized they were us; an expectant mother with her three small children and Grammy getting lunch.
Compassion for others is a fruit of God’s love using trials or difficult circumstances to help us look beyond ourselves and relate to others.
It’s one of the many ways God works things together for good.
Colossians 3:12 NIV — Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:13 NIV — Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
For the love of God is such that when we accept it, and then begin to understand the depth and truth of it, we see the privilege of sharing it, and we never know when an opportunity to act upon our compassion for another will present itself.
Therefore, let us recognize the wonders of God’s love and live in humility and joyful servanthood to the One who made us.
For there is so much blessing in sharing the gifts we have received from Jesus Christ.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for this young lady and her family. Thank You for placing me in that circumstance. Lord, I lift up that young woman. Please help her as she gets closer to delivery. Please encourage her and walk her through all that she has before her. Lord, thank You for the gift of children and the blessings they bring. I lift up those three little ones and humbly request that they come to know You at an early age. Lord, that You would help each one and that they would be taught Your Word. Lord, I lift up the other lady, whom I assume is the Grammy, but whether she is or isn’t I ask that you bless her. Continue to guide her as she helps and serves others. Lord, thank You for our family, each of our children and their spouses. Thank You for each of our grandchildren and the blessings they are. Lord, thank You for using life to teach me to love. Thank You for loving me first. I love You, Lord. Amen.