Monday, October 1, 2012

Behind the Scenes

See below for the winner of the book drawing from last Friday.

What we see is not always what we get. Sometimes we get much more.

Mary Vee's photo, Drury Hotel

Last week I went from my hotel room down to the food area to get a cup of tea. The desk attendant had left her welcome post. Maybe she went into the office for something.

Back at the food area I found the attendant pouring popcorn kernels into a large popcorn maker. She stirred the fluffy popcorn in the bin and set the machine in motion to make more. She didn't look my way as if expecting a thank you, rather, kept to her work. 

I asked for a picture, and well, as you can see, she graciously let me take one. Later that night, she bagged up the remaining popcorn in the bin and set it on the check-in desk for weary travelers.

Who dah thunk it?

I had seen the popcorn before. Even helped myself to a bag, but never thought about who made it, other than the breakfast staff or maybe elves. I'd smelled the salty, buttery treat in the elevator, but never considered the process or courtesy offered by the hotel. 

Random acts of kindness often come our way without our knowing. The chief giver is God. 

Each day he tells my hair to grow, my breath to flow, my heart to beat, and etc. He catches my almost fallen steps, stops cars from hitting me, keeps the airplane in the air, feeds the plants, waters the ground, and the list could continue for volumes. 

God also brings people my way for me to do random acts of kindness. I don't think about it anymore than you do. I may hold a door for someone juggling bags of groceries, toss the neighbor kid's ball back over the fence, let a car merge in before me, smile and say thank you to someone. Again the list could continue for volumes. Sometimes the receiving person is so touched they respond. It surprises me because I just did it...without thinking. 

Consider random acts of kindness that have been done for you. Pretty amazing, right? The more you name, the more you think of. 

What act of kindness had God done for you today?

I apologize for the delay in the announcement, we had a glitch in the first one drawn from The winner is Cindy Wilson


Cindy R. Wilson said...

I love this post! This is so cool cause I have an awesome story, too!

So last week my hubby got a tack in his tire (it went flat) and had to put on the spare. His car is four-wheel drive and he said when you have to replace one tire, you often have to replace them all because (I do not know anything about cars here, sorry) of something needing to stay in balance. Anyway, we're really tight on money right now and were praying we didn't have to replace all four tires.

My hubby asked a mechanic friend at work if he might be able to seek out a replacement tire for him or point him in the right direction. A few days later my hubby went out to his car in the morning and found four completely new tires on his car. He asked his friend and his friend said he came across a deal and decided to stop by late the night before and change the tires for my hubby.

So sweet, huh? God is always taking care of us!!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Wow, Cindy! That is fabulous.
I love hearing about moments when God touches lives.
Thanks for sharing!

Janice said...

Hi, Mary, I am a little behind in reading e-mails. Just wanted to tell you I really enjoyed this post.

I had a nice surprise last night. I attended a fund raiser dinner for Christian Library International. Carol Kent was the main speaker for the evening. I was blessed to be seated next to her for our meal! That was a totally unexpected kindness that I got to be with such an awesome person for a special meal.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I love when unexpected happens. So glad you were able to sit by Carol. What a great conversation you must have had. Thanks for stopping by.