Wednesday, April 27, 2011

His Reminders

Yesterday...well, it was kind of a discouraging day.

I guess I just realized how many things I don't have time for right now.

These days I come home from a long day at school/work and my room looks like, to quote my dad, "a bomb went off in there," my laundry is still laying in baskets scattered around my room, my hair's in a boring ponytail for the 50th time this week, and my lack of makeup is continually fading.

I won't even mention how many Cadbury eggs I ate this past weekend in that way we humans do in supposing that food will ease the blow of life's tricky issues.

Anyway, the point is - I was spent and felt just plain "blah".

On my way home from work, riding the bus, watching Harry Potter 7.1 on my iPod. La de da. I pull the cord and walk to the door when this kid - basketball shorts around his knees, wife beater, buzzed head, kind smile - stands up from his seat and comes to the door to hand me a note. "Excuse me? This is for you."

I didn't say anything. Unfortunately, I just kinda took the note looking confused and got off the bus. I tried to look as indifferent as possible as I waited for the bus to pass, then I curiously opened the note and read the following words:

I smiled. I had to admire his bold kindness - something we could use a bit more of in this world of ours. I smiled inside, too, and thanked Heavenly Father for sending His unexpected angels to step in, share His love and the kind reminder that even if the rest of my life is lacking some serious beauty or is increasingly "blah" or discouraging...
...I have "gorgeous eyes."

Those eyes were opened yet again to the beautiful blessings and creations that our Father in Heaven has placed here to bring us joy, to make us smile, and to ease the blow of life's tricky issues like no amount of chocolate will ever do.

"When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost...
...amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end."

~Count Your Blessings by Johnson Oatman Jr~


-The Frog Princess- said...

Found your blog through someone else's. This cute post gave me butterflies! I love your blog :) Thanks for sharing your ups and downs and reminding me what's most important!

Jessica Leigh said...

Oh so darling! I can't even say how happy those little unexpected moments make me :) Our Heavenly Father always knows when to send the little pick-me-ups!

Although this wasn't THAT unexpected... you do have gorgeous eyes! (And face, and smile, and... YOU! Haha)

Jalene said...

awww! that's so sweet. and such a thoughtful thing to do... especially because he made it have no attachments. he genuinely wanted to compliment you. how nice.

and sorry about the lincoln comment. i keep doing that cause he keeps using my computer! argh.

Catherine Anne said...

Thanks so much for sharing this and making me smile during my lunch break earlier today!!! It's so good to have those little reminders every once in a while. And you are beautiful on the inside and outside! Good luck with finishing up school and everything else going on!

Brittney said...

You do have beautiful eyes my dear as well as a beautiful voice, smile, and heart full of love to all those around you. Remember that you are loved and that all will be well. Have a bright and sunny day.

kristin said...

so cute! and good for him for being brave. :) i love that.

tscotriverside said...

The best compliments are the ones that come unsolicited especially those from strangers. In my opinion, they seem to be more sincere.

I'm glad that the unexpected companion on the bus could be the one to brighten your day.

PS you do have beautiful eyes.

Cori and Colin said...

You do have gorgeous eyes Lindsay!! Compliments like that are great!!! Love your blog!

lizbiz said...

Every once in a while we get Heavenly Father gives us these beautiful moments and I was so happy to see that he gave this one to you! Thanks for sharing and for reminding me that good things happen in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times! :)

Adrienne said...

so did you call him???

LoriT said...

Angels do come in all shapes and sizes, don't they. Some, apparently, even wear wife-beater t-shirts and basketball shorts.

You, of course, must know that you are an angel, too. And the thought that even you, beautiful, talented, eloquent, kind, AMAZING Lindsay have bad days helps put my life, and its periodic bad days, in perspective.

But now I'm craving chocolate. Oh, bother!