Gentle eyes and a big smile looked down at me. My heart melted as I saw this tall elderly man before me, whom I had never met.
Behind that smile was Felix. His voice was as soft as his eyes and his countenance displayed a kind heart. We chit-chatted for a few moments and although our meeting was brief, I was aware that he was sent in my path straight from Heaven. Life is beating me down at every turn these days, and Tuesday morning, I knew what I was facing. “Lord, if you will just get me through this with small things like a breeze when I am overheated, or a smile from a stranger when I am overwhelmed.” Little did I know as I prayed that morning, the forecast would be an unusual fall like day although we are in the throes of August. And the smile this dear man gave was beyond what I had asked for.
Yesterday, I ran into Felix again; just by happenstance, one may think. As we talked more, I told him how much I needed his kindness the day prior and I went on to say that it was clear to me that he had the love of Christ flowing out of him. It was then that I discovered he had been a preacher for many years and his words reflected an intimate relationship with Christ.
Although his body is starting to weaken with age, it is plain to see that his character is strong. His face shines with a life lived for Christ, showing an absence of pride and self centeredness, but rather humility and love. I’ll never forget him. Our paths crossing not only eased my pain and gave me courage, but gave me vision.
How will you affect those whose path you cross today?