posted on May, 27 2020 @ 11:27 AM
Maybe God Brought You
I just had one of those experiences which stick to you, one of those that you just feel the urge to share with others, so here I am sharing with my
dear ATS fellows.
Here's what happened:
Our company opened up its doors again today. It was good to be around others again, good to regain some degree of normalcy. I had left the building,
removed my mask, and started walking towards my car when I saw a man walking several yards ahead of me. He turned around as I approached and almost
apologetically said “I forgot my mask.” To which I replied something like, “Well that’s ok. I had to wear this to work but don’t think we
have to out here.” He went on to explain that he had just done some cardio with his daughter in NY and was out clearing his head, we chatted very
briefly before he (while tearing up) told me that he was losing his wife--that she was dying of COVID, that he was told she had 4 days left, and that
he couldn’t even see her. He apologized for laying all that on me, and I told him no, that he had to grieve and could absolutely do that. I told
him how sorry I was and that I wished I could give him a hug. We kept talking for maybe ten more minutes during which I learned a bit about his
family, their interests, their history. When his phone rang he looked at me and said, “Hold on one minute please; this could be the one.” It
wasn’t the one. Imagine living with that, it hurts my heart.
Before we parted, he asked my name and told me his. He was about to walk away and he got choked up again and said something I couldn’t understand,
which I asked him to repeat.
Then he said something which struck me and which is the whole reason I’m sharing this story to begin with:
“Maybe God brought you.”
Those are maybe the most humbling and profound four words anyone has ever said to me.
Then I realized this beautiful fact. God DID bring me. God brought all of us here, and one of the most beautiful humbling gifts is that we can act
of our own free will as agents of a loving God. We all have it in us to lift another’s spirits at the most needed times (in fact, it's our duty).
This definitely makes me wonder what else I can do, and makes me want to greet people with a smile and consider how complex we all are and how so many
of us are grieving (whether it be for loved ones who have passed away, or for our old way of life, most of us are grieving something now).
Thanks for reading, friends! I hope we can all be good to one another during these trying times.