The Waters of Heaven © by Melisse Laing
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
(that would be most i came in contact with yesterday)...
Note to self: remember Scripture passage from 2 Corinthians: "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness"
i had a really cool "last full-time" day of work yesterday. it vacillated between crankiness and snarkiness (me) to God showing Himself through others, bathing me in a warmth i totally did not deserve. as my friend ann would say, "all is grace."
i met a woman who owned the restaurant up the street from the cafe (she actually bought it the month before we closed) and sat and chatted with her while she visited her daughter who had delivered the day before. we talked "small business owner" talk and before i left, she said "i used to ask my husband 'if we don't like our own food, could we still eat at the Cafe'?" and i smiled and thought "what a huge compliment." (grace.)
you've heard me speak of my friend, Pastor Charlie - and in case you don't recall, i have the awesome privilege of working with his wife, who i like to refer to as my Proverbs 30 woman-friend. she oozes joy and light and yesterday, when i wasn't oozing same and when we were in a quiet place away from everybody, she simply touched my hand and quickly said a prayer over me. (grace: elegance and beauty of movement or expression )
we also have patients that aren't "baby mamas" because oftentimes, the OB doctors are also Gyn doctors who perform Gyn-type surgeries, and we had one such patient recovering with us. she was a little quirky, but i really liked her and when i went in to change her bedding when she was up in the chair, we chatted away. turns out she is an "old character actress" who lived in NYC and has done work on The Guiding Light and All My Children - pretty cool . we began discussing my new position at the law firm and she asked, "do you love it?"
"honestly? no. i love where i am here at the hospital, so i am staying 'pool' so i can still be here at least twice a month after the new year."
she was encouraging and finally asked, "does it pay well?"
"that's when you know you have found where God wants you to be: when you would do it for practically nothing because it is where your heart is." (where else would i have these godly encounters?)
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work" (2Corinthians 9:8).
one of the managers asked if i would type a recommendation letter for one of our techs who is applying to nursing school. okay. create and type, which was not a problem. in discussing her wonderful qualities with her, she (who is columbian with a wonderful accent) said "it is no so easy to talk nice things of yourself!" i created something that could probably get her a job at the oval office, but when it came time to mentioning the school she would be a benefit to, i mistakenly put in our local community college (who has a wonderful-but-difficult-to-get-into nursing program) (bunny trail: which my son is now attending :) /bunny trail) and i asked her where she would like to go and it was "Our Lady of Lourdes." she said she felt compelled to apply there because "Mary has always been my mother," and she placed her hand over her heart. i said, "oh, how wonderful!" and she said, "would you please pray for me to get in there?" and i replied "it would be my honor." (sweet grace)
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
and that verse i will take with me as i go into my day, today...