Earlier this morning, I was out taking care of some banking. I was the only customer in the bank at the time and two tellers greeted me. One said, “I’m liking your smiles this morning. Have you had a good morning?” I replied that actually, I’d had a rough morning. The teller who was handling my transaction asked, “Really? Why has it been rough?” I explained that just an hour earlier, we had to call paramedics to take my grandfather to the hospital. While the caregiver was helping him wash up, he became unresponsive and for a short while, stopped breathing. The first teller responded that he was sorry to hear about my grandfather, but glad to see that I was still smiling through the situation.
The second teller and I wound up talking for a few minutes. She offered her prayers, advice, and support. When I told her I was looking for full-time work, she mentioned that she knew of local business managers who were hiring. We exchanged business cards and she said she would keep me in mind next time she saw them. When my transaction was finished, the teller wished me a good day and told me she believed my grandfather would be alright.
I left the bank smiling – not because I was trying to put on a brave face, but because I felt so blessed by the teller’s encouragement and knew that I was exactly where I needed to be at that moment. Had I gone to the bank minutes earlier or later, it may have been too crowded for the tellers and I to converse. After all, more cars began pulling into the lot as I left. How interesting that as I’m in the midst of a job search, I walked up to the bank teller who has potential employment resources. I don’t view these situations as mere coincidences or strokes of luck, but reminders that God is in control of our lives. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, He’s in control of mine. He really has meant for us to be in certain places at certain times.
I was also reminded of the ways God can use complete strangers to bless and encourage us. Today, my encouragement came in the form of two kind bank tellers. I just wish I knew their names so I could thank them again.
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