By Vicki Molinari
She was late picking me up, which was not unusual for a mommy with three children. She would daily give directives to her girls as they began their day. I like to call them nudges, prompts or gentle reminders of the task at hand. "Please tidy up. Brush your teeth. Put on your shoes." They did the same thing daily getting ready for school, yet some days delays were bound to happen.
On this day, my daughter and her kids left their house in plenty of time. A quick stop at the bank, then they were headed to me. So what happened?
"I am sorry for being late. This guy...he ran out of gas and I was stuck right behind him", she said. She continued the story which involved a gas can and the process it took to get him moved, no longer blocking the turning lane.
The rest of the story blessed this Mom.
She said he looked at her with embarrassment and shame. It was obvious he was horrified by the fact that an entire line of cars could not turn left and proceed as they planned. She smiled and waved as if to say, it is ok, I understand you made a mistake, it happens. The other drivers were not so understanding or patient. Instead, they drove by glaring, honking and waving at this poor guy, showing their disapproval of his carelessness. She, instead waited for him to add enough gas to move out of the way. He looked and smiled with a hand wave of thanks.
Taking the opportunity to teach her girls, she said, "This morning we learned the importance of kindness, Nana".
The girls told me about the entire story and ALL of the details.
Often times, the best lessons in life are not taught but are caught. I witnessed this. Today, these precious girls watched their mommy practice the kindness she had been taught in the Bible as a young girl.
Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
1 Timothy 6:18 says, "They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share."
I pondered this happening throughout the day. I smiled and thanked God for the little things He allows to teach us valuable lessons.
Dear Jesus, thank you for allowing us to experience life in ways where we can show love and kindness. May our actions always line up to the Bible. In your name, Amen
Happy Mother's Day