It was a normal summer Saturday morning. Ok, perhaps not so normal perhaps, as I had to drag myself out of bed and travel halfway across the other side of town to meet a prospective client.
It was one of those days in which I wished I should have gotten ready faster and left the house earlier. Which is why I agreed immediately when my dear sister (although we’ve much sibling rivalry at times) happily volunteered to give me a lift as she was heading out. She dropped me halfway to my client’s place so I could take a bus to my destination. To cut the story short, I was well on my way, arrived at the bus stop and after a few minutes the bus came.
Upon boarding the bus, I immediately noticed an empty seat beside an old lady at the front. I smiled to her, she smiled back and I plonked myself down right beside her. She’s dressed very prettily in a dress, silver white hair elegant combed back. The wrinkles on her face and arm tells me that she’s probably around the ripe old age of 90 (I think).
Before I realised how rude I was to be staring at her, she started talking to me. She introduced herself as Florence (First thing I thought of was Florence Nightingale and wondered if she was ever a nurse). And of course I told her my name. Then we carried on with our mini conversation as below :
Old Lady : Oh isn’t it a lovely sunny day?
Me: Well, yes it’s indeed a sunny day (hmm.. so much so for weather talk, it sure is sunny but I’m not sure about the lovely part)
Old Lady: Are you in a hurry Macy?
Me: Yes, in fact, I’m rushing for an appointment.
Old Lady: I am going to the Church just round the next corner, I thought you might be interested to come with me. But, well, since you’re in a hurry today, I want you to have this ( speaking which she reached into her handbag and wanted to pass me a Christian flyer).
Me: (I said smiling), I’m a believer too.
Old Lady: Oh, really ! Praise the Lord (she’s smiling so widely with a sparkle in her eyes). You know God is Good. In life there’ll be ups and
downs, sometimes you may find yourself in a muddy pit. Don’t be discouraged, God will pull you out of the pit.
At this point, my spirit immediately felt comforted, yet I was close to tears.
Flashback to the night before, I really don’t feel like coming to this part of town but had no choice as the appointment had been fixed (and afterall, the client always wins). This was a place with many memories of a past relationship. I remembered even praying to God before bed the night before to grant me strength and peace in my heart.
The next thing I knew, the old Lady spoke again
Old Lady: Macy, can we pray for a while?
I nodded my head.
Old Lady: Dear Father, thank you for Macy and I pray that you’ll keep her and bless her. Amen.
After the prayer, she said goodbye (still with that sparkle in her eyes) and got down the bus.
And although this old granny is a complete stranger, it was one of the most wonderfully short and sweet prayer I’ve ever had someone said with me. The morning started out a little grey for me but meeting the old lady just lifted my spirits up. Though we only spoke for a while, and I don’t even know her, I felt so divine! Amazingly, I felt God’s presence with me. It’s such a peaceful and comforting feeling that I can’t explain.
Moreover, the old lady is so full of joy and life at her age!! That spirit and sparkle in her eyes is something that makes me really say ‘Wow’ , almost like being star struck (or even better). She’s just so inspiring.
I believe she must have been sent by God. How wonderous ! How marvelous !
Very often, we ask God to speak to us, give us visions, reveal to us in dreams. But somehow, I think today God chose to speak to me through a lovely old granny.
I will always treasure this wonderful memory in my heart. Perhaps, one day when I’m that old, God will still use me to encourage some younger woman out there feeling down and out and lonely, to remind her that she’s never alone, that her beloved Father in heaven is watching over her with Love.
Romans 8:39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.