This picture is of the empty parking space where they had been.
I didn’t really think about it until they were gone.
I’d not been sitting in the car for very long when she pulled into the space next to me.
My husband is feeling better, but not well enough to drive, so I was playing chauffeur.
Since, I’m not allowed inside the doctor’s office unless there’s a medical reason, I sat in the car.
I’d decided to sit in the back seat where there’s more leg room to crochet.
I’d gotten all comfy when she pulled in.
It was an SUV, so I could easily see the driver, a young woman.
A bit later, movement caught my eye and I saw her carrying a baby boy.
I love babies!
She smiled too.
As this young mother left, I figured she was taking her little one to the pediatrician’s office in the same building as our doctor.
Time passed and they returned.
I smiled and she saw me.
She smiled back.
I was a bit surprised, she just hopped into the front seat with her baby, but it’s not my business to spy on people so I returned to crocheting.
Not long afterwards, I noticed movement again.
She had gotten back out of the driver’s seat and was standing next to the car window.
She was holding her baby so I could see him.
Through the glass we both were smiling at one another.
I told her he was adorable and made a motion with my hand for the sign, “beautiful”.
She understood and grabbed his little arm and waved at me.
I asked how old he was.
She carefully held him as she put up nine fingers.
“Nine months old,” replied this sweet mother.
Still smiling I nodded and that was the end of our conversation.
It’s a bit chilly out, so I wouldn’t have wanted to keep them out in the cold.
I also couldn’t think of more to say other than, “he’s adorable!”.
She soon backed out of the space and drove away.
And it suddenly seemed a little colder.
Some how this mother and baby had brought such warmth that I missed them when they left.
How does the kindness of a stranger touch my heart like that?
I am certain, it’s Jesus.
I thanked the Lord for this little moment and I prayed for this mother and child.
I thought of our grandson and then our granddaughter and prayed for them as well.
Pausing briefly, in my crocheting, I looked at the empty space and thanked God again for this sweet moment and these two strangers.
I returned to my crocheting, but continued to pray.
The space remained empty until right before it was time to leave.
It was another young woman who pulled in and as I prepared to back out I smiled at her.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for mother and baby boy. Please put Your hand upon them and watch over them. Guide their lives and direct them into the path of peace. Lord, thank You for the young lady who pulled in as I was leaving. Place Your truth into her heart and mind. Lord, please let those who are called by Your name be lights that shine brightly. Help us to love as You love, to walk this Earth interested in those around us more than our own wants and desires. Lord, help us live open handed, willing to smile and wave to a stranger. Please be glorified through us. I love You, Jesus. Amen.