I was sitting on the bleachers, surrounded by people I have met, but don't know, you know? We have moved this year, and getting to know other parents isn't as easy as it was when the kids were little. The new town is a small community, even smaller than where we were before, and these folks have not only grown their kids up together, they grew up together themselves. Tough crowd to break into and belong to. So I go sit near the other parents, and hope someone talks to me. This was one of those days where no one did.
I pulled out my book (that I always bring, in case no one talks to me), and at that minute where I am about to decide no one loves me my phone vibrates. And my dear friend, at 10:39 in the morning, had a prompting to send a two sentence note of encouragement, that I was loved and thought of. It turned the day around.
She was right on time. She didn't worry about seeming silly or "bothering me" - my usual two excuses for not acting spontaneously. With 30 seconds of effort, she quite literally saved my day.
More, God was right on time. He reaches out with the hands of His people to cheer up His children who need it. He didn't even call me out for the pity-party ... that came later! I am grateful for the way that God ministers to me and the various ways He does. I am encouraged to be more alert going forward to those small niggles of inspiration. Go say hello to this person, send that one a card. My prayer is that by doing so, I can be right on time for someone else to, and show them the love God pours out on us both.