(May 05, 2017)
Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo anyway? I called a friend from Mexico and asked her.
“Who knows,” she says, “it’s just fun to have an excuse for a fiesta.”
But when I celebrate, I know the reasons. Here are some of them:
First, my friend, who has been there for me for years, always answers, “No problem…that was easy,” each of the dozen times I ask her to format documents, to post these blogs or research for me.
Then I have another friend to whom I ask, “Will you be my eyes?” And she always accepts the challenge.
Then, a friend who barely makes ends meet emails me: “Go outside your front door and find the holder for your bird feeder.” She knew the one we had was no good. So she surprised me with a new one which she purchased with a certificate she received after donating platelets.
My friend who drives nearly an hour to visit. She puts in my hands two beautiful scarves and a purse to match. “Here, I need to keep you in style.”
These are only some examples of what I call celebrating God’s smiles. And with gratitude overflowing, I sit in the still of the night and wonder for a long, long time. I ask myself if I would or could be a smile to someone else.
What delight it would be to do something so that, like me, they would see God’s smile that says: “I’m here with you. I know your needs. I see your wants and know very well each of your desires.”
How beautifully Psalm 121:1-2 echoes in my heart. “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.” And how sweetly, and more beautiful yet is that His help trickles down through friends’ gestures, through their kind surprises, and their unconditional support.
Father, show me how to be your smile to someone else. Open opportunities for me to be the vessel of your loving winks to those who need a warm encouragement, a kind note or a timely inspiration. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- Have you seen God’s smiles through someone else lately?
- Have you been a smile to someone else?
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