Another big day in the big city! When I head south for an appointment, I fill up my day with all sorts of visits and commitments. It was no different two weeks ago. I had a hair appointment, followed by a dental appointment, two coffee catch – ups with two friends and the day was topped off with an shopping at a Nature’s Emporium, which is one of my favourite stores.
But I had a very interesting experience at my dentist’s office.
As I was driving into the parking lot, I noticed an older woman sitting in her car at the entrance of the parking lot. She looked very confused, upset and frustrated. It bothered me so I parked the car and walked back to see if I could help her.
She was completely befuddled.
She told me that she had been trying to get out of the parking lot for twenty minutes but the parking gate wasn’t working – every time that she put the ticket into the machine, the bar wouldn’t lift up. She was completely exasperated and was having trouble getting her breath because she was crying so much.
I stayed with Jennifer and helped her calm down. I told her that I would go and get the security guard to help her. I ran back to the building, explained the situation to the young security guard and together, we walked back to Jennifer’s car.
She was very happy to see me again and kept thanking me. She reached into her purse and took out five $100.00 dollar bills and tried to hand them to me. The security guard (probably about 20 years old) was watching and was shocked that Jennifer was trying to give me $500.00 as a thank you gift. (Or maybe he was wondering why he wasn’t the hero of the day!)
I explained to Jennifer that I couldn’t take her money but I was very glad that I could help her. She started to cry again and said, “I sat here for twenty minutes and nobody came to help me. I was so frustrated. It’s been a rough week.” She got out of the car, gave me a big hug and drove off.
The security guard (SG) and I started walking towards the building.
SG: I don’t get it. That lady was going to give you $500.00 and you didn’t take it. Why not?
Diane: She was upset so I helped her. She didn’t need to give me money.
SG: Must be a generational thing. I would have taken it.
I have no idea why I said the next sentence – I don’t normally talk this way.
Diane: No, it’s a Jesus thing.
SG: Well, it’s different, THAT’S for sure! Nice meeting you.
Diane: Nice meeting you too.
We went our separate ways and I was smiling, inside and out. It was a great opportunity to show Jesus. I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5.16 NIV