Friday, January 13, 2012
I am really in true life, very opinionated. I try not to make waves or say too much unless it is something I want to tell you about.
Today is my grocery shopping day. I had a full loaded basket and I always get my bread very last so it can go on top. As I pass the bread there is a place that they have the avocados and the tomatoes. I always stop there and get those last on my way to the register.
Today there was a man about my husbands age getting tomatoes and avocados and I stood and waited as he filled his bags. He turned and look at me and smiled . I knew that in my heart here stood one sweet man.
He said, " I just can't get enough of these fruits and vegetables, I just want to stand here and fill up bag after bag." I smiled and said, yes, everything looked nice today. He said, " I just got back from Iraq". I said, Oh you did? He said, " Yeah, I was so thankful to get to spend Christmas with my family." I said, " Oh I bet you were, was it nice?" He said, " Oh yes, the very best ever." He went on to say, " Well, they are sending me back. I said, " O No really?." He said, " Yes, I am going back for nine more months. "
I mumbled something appropriate I suppose. All of a sudden I wanted to cry, I mean bawl my eyes out.
Here this man, is giving up time with his family to serve me and my family. So I can live free. It just got to me, here this man, who was gray headed and such a fine man, was leaving to go to a country who doesn't want him there.
A country that could kill him.
I made it up to the cash register, I stood there thinking about my chance encounter. I left the store in a fog and have wandered around thinking about those people who serve. I am a very ungrateful person, and that chance encounter, showed me how much I take for granted, every single day.
So I just wanted you to know, I don't know who you are but I will pray for you and your family everyday.
I may not know your name but God does.
I came home changed.