I have often written about how sometimes it is just something small or simple that you do for a person that means so much to them. When my dad was in the hospital I told him I had to leave for a few minutes, he looked up at me and smiled, “OK dear”. I drove to the local Steak and Shake and got an orange freeze/milk shake for him. They put a big dollop of whipped cream and a cherry on the top of it. I took it up to the hospital room and when he looked at it he was so pleased as he nodded his head toward the cherry. It was our little secret that he always gave me the cherry anytime he got a milk shake or an ice cream, it was just understood. I could have popped it in my mouth before I gave it to him but I wanted to see if he was aware enough to remember to do it. I haven’t had a cherry with a stem now for over a year, I am waiting to see if he has one for me when I get to heaven. For my mother it is getting her a cup of hot coffee! It has become a routine that I get tickled about as it happens over and over again. The routine is that I give her a cup of coffee that is very hot, she is so happy as she holds it on the little red lap table that she holds onto all day. It stays there until it gets cold and I ask her, “Are you drinking your coffee mother?” She puts it to her lips and says, “Well it’s cold, and you know I don’t like cold coffee.” So I take it and heat it for 25 seconds in the microwave and take it back, she is so happy and takes it, holds it until it gets cold and we start all over again! If I give her biscotti she will dunk it and nibble on the end then lay it down and we start all over again! Something happened today that just made my day! My mother had a college roommate that she had known all her life. They went to high school together and in their yearbook it said of Myrtle and Delma, “These two sweet girls will most likely become missionaries.” Mother got a card from this friend today and in it a folded note. Mother has a hard time reading now so I read it to her, in the note Miss Delma reminded her of that…mother looked up at me and said, “She was the best friend I ever had” and actually laughed when I got to the part about their being on the mission field!
I was at the grocery store today and one of the ladies that will always comes to put my groceries in bags was standing at a cash register and something in her face looked so sad. As I walked past her going toward the door I spoke and asked her if she was all right. There was no one in her line so she walked toward me and put her arms around my neck, she thanked me and asked me to pray for her…her sadness was because her daughter who had recently moved into Atlanta with three small children, was killed in an accident on Cobb Pkwy. The news only said a woman had been killed, no name was given and then they changed gears and moved on to another story, of course that’s the way it is, however to this mother it was her whole world. I was so glad that the Lord had highlighted her to me so I would offer her a friendly shoulder to cry on. I remembered somewhere in my youth or childhood hearing a song that said “Little things mean a lot” so I looked up the lyrics…here is one verse,
Give me a hand when I’ve lost the way
Give me your shoulder to cry on
Whether the day is bright or gray
Give me your heart to rely on
Send me the warmth of a secret smile
To show me you haven’t forgot
That always and ever, now and forever
Honey, little things mean a lot
The Bible says that God sees even a small sparrow when it falls from its nest, that He knows the number of hairs on our head and in 2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is loyal to Him.
Since He is so aware of us then not only should we be aware of Him and worship Him but we should be His hands and fingers on this earth to reach out and help those who are in need. My dad used to sing a song that he said was his testimony, it was “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or a song, if I can show somebody they are traveling wrong, then my living has not been in vain.”
Do something special, even if it is small, for someone it might just make their whole day!