Today's shared story is all about being a discipleship of Jesus and simply acting in a small way...as you'll see, the action changed someone's day!
A few weeks ago I was on my way home from work, driving along eighth avenue on a very quiet part of the road. I was behind another car and I noticed the driver ahead of me went past a flag person loading signs into a pickup.
The driver was moving really quickly and the road worker was clearly frustrated as she waved her arms trying to get the driver to slow down. The driver kept going and the worker looked really upset. I pulled over about 30 feet behind the worker onto the side of the road. I got out of my car and as I did she started yelling at me to get back in the car. She was saying she was so sick of ignorant drivers and to just leave her alone.
I kept walking towards her saying I saw she was really upset and wanted to be sure she was okay. This seemed to stun her for a second. She paused and then started to just unload her frustration on me.
I just listened and said it must be really a tough job, that I admire flag people and how it must be tricky to deal with fast drivers. I kept listening until she slowed down. I smiled and asked if she was okay.
She clearly had been working outside for many years - her face was wrinkled and brown and tired. She pulled off her gloves, looked at me and a HUGE smile lit up her face. She shook my hand and said "thanks for stopping and talking to me, you really have made my day." I smiled and shook her hand and said to take care and I got in my car and drove away. She was smiling and waving as I passed her.
I really didn't think much of it until I told Deb about the experience and she said no doubt God set that all up. I don't think the only gifts God expects us to use are what we think of as "The Spiritual Gifts."
Simple stuff like time, care and concern are good too. I usually don't think being friendly is a powerful gift from God. I just happen to like people and want other people to know they are valued. We can show God's love by just doing something that is kind.