Isn’t timing interesting? I stumbled upon a "moment" the other day. You know the kind… unexpected, not part of the plan, on the way to somewhere else, touching your heart when you least expect it. If I had been a few minutes earlier or later, I would have missed it completely!
I was on the way to my mom’s house. I pulled out of our driveway and drove to the end of the street where I ended up sitting for the next 15 minutes. It didn’t take long to see what was going on. It was a caravan of hundreds of motorcycles! As I watched, I saw that many of the drivers or their passengers were wearing Santa Claus hats. Brightly wrapped packages were secured to the back of the motorcycle or held by the passengers. I didn’t know where they had originated from, or where they were headed, but I knew they were going to be a blessing to others. My eyes welled up with tears.
A grandma and her grandson happened to be taking a walk on that particularly beautiful November afternoon. The little boy had stopped in his tracks, completely fascinated with this parade of choppers. After standing for quite some time, grandma walked him over to a place where they could sit down and watch. Talk about savoring the moment! The little boy began to wave at each motorcycle driver as they passed. They all began to wave back. For those few minutes, it seemed to me to be everything that is good and right with the world. A gorgeous day, generous people, a wonder-filled, loving little boy, gifts for children who may not have otherwise had them. It just doesn’t get much better than that! I sat in my car and cried. Sure, I felt stupid, but I still wouldn’t have traded that moment.
I know it was all in preparation for Christmas, but it had everything to do with Thanksgiving too. Thankful for this beautiful day, we’re out enjoying it. Thankful that we have enough, we can give to those who don’t have as much. Thankful for that child-like wonder and perspective, we stop and savor it. Thankful for this unexpected delay, I do not complain, but delight in the "inconvenience." It will be included on the list of things I am grateful for and my day was enriched.
This morning I received an email that ended with these words: "Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God." Maybe that’s part of what I saw. I think it sums it up. They are great words to live by. As we scurry in preparation for our Thanksgiving celebrations, may we be ever mindful to live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and give thanks to God.
Delighting in the Abundance of the Season…