My story begins in a Wendy’s drive-thru, but this story isn’t about food or will power. In fact, I am not even sure what the story is about, I just knew it had to be written.
When I pulled up to get my order, I noticed that the lady who was going to help me had a different way of holding things and a scar on her wrist. This sparked a memory of one of my best friends from Junior High who had the same scars and I smiled. Again, I am not sure this is relevant to my story, but it is relevant to me…so there.
When she opened the window, she said “Can I have a Cross, I really need it”. It took me a moment to remember that I have a couple of wooden Crosses hanging off the side of my steering wheel, and even when I realized what she was referring to I laughed thinking that she was joking. I am not sure what made me realize that this was an earnest request, but I do know it wasn’t long.
I began to untangle them, asked her if she wanted the smaller or the bigger one, and she said it really didn’t matter. I unraveled the larger of the two, as she asked me where I had gotten them. I did tell her I had gotten them from Bethlehem Marketplace, but I didn’t tell her that the one I was giving her was from the only time I went with my baby sister.
I will never know if my sister had her hand in that interaction from above, but I do know she is a part of it now. The woman in the drive-thru asked for what she needed, and I gave it. I didn’t just give her a piece of wood that had been hanging unnoticed from my steering wheel for ages, I gave her a piece of my heart. In just the few seconds I was there, she also gave something special to me. She gave me a reminder of happier days, a reminder that sometimes you just have to ask for what you need, and finally a reminder that even when I am feeling particularly low, I still might have more to give.
Tonight I pray for her to have the strength to face whatever prompted her to need the cross, and that she continue to have the courage to ask for help when she needs it. I will also be praying for those who I wish I could give more to, because even when I have no time, money, or energy to spare I can always offer up a little prayer.
Would you also remember this stranger in your prayers, send her some positive energy, or keep her in your thoughts? Whatever floats your boat, send some of it her way too, please.
April 1, 2012 @ 10:41 am
You are such a kind, thoughtful person. You’ve helped me through so much and I know you’ve helped this woman. I’m offering up to her a thousand and one thoughts and positive vibes right now. And some spare for you, my friend.
April 2, 2012 @ 3:06 am
What a great story and completely relevant! State of mind is HUGE for our health and wellness. I’m glad you found a positive memory of your sister and a way to help a stranger through this small interaction.
April 2, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
That was such a powerful moment and it was completely relevant. I think we all need those experiences to happen to us. Its those little things that happen that make us remember those precious memories in our lives. Im sure your sister had a hand in this…
Wendy Flynn Del Monte
April 2, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
I loved reading this- our family could use this message right now. I’ll be praying for both the lady at the drive-through and you.
Shelley Oswald (@Momma_oz)
April 2, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
I love the power of reaching each other from a loving place… even perfect strangers. thank you SO much for sharing
April 2, 2012 @ 3:08 pm
Tisha you continue to amaze me. The strength to share such a personal part of your story & your sister with those in need is truly God’s hand & your sister’s at work.
You are an inspiration as you live your life. She will be in our thoughts & prayers.
Sarah Jane (@MamaSarahJane)
April 2, 2012 @ 6:35 pm
Thank you so much for sharing, it’s one of those stories that makes you look at the world a little differently 🙂
April 2, 2012 @ 6:36 pm
What a beautiful gesture. I am always amazed when I find myself in a situation to truly help someone. Usually out of the blue. Such a lovely testament to your character that you didn’t question the request, you gave selflessly. Have a great week and thank you for sharing.
April 2, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
wow, what a powerful interaction and so kind of you.
April 3, 2012 @ 12:09 am
Amazing post. I have tears in my eyes. So moving. You are such a beautiful person! :))
April 3, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
Thank you amazing people, this was too close to my heart for me to know if it was any good. You guys answered that loud and clear. Love you!
April 3, 2012 @ 3:38 pm
Beautiful post! I am glad you saw that the way you did. Many people would not have reacted the same way as you. One thing I get from this also is that there is always some strength when you are weak. I am sure she was feeling some sort of weakness, but you saw the strength in her for asking.