So I met a guy. He was very kind, always had a smile on his face, and I almost made him cry.
If you read my last post, you know my youth group and I went to Wilmington a few weeks ago. After helping with some disaster relief due to Hurricane Florence, we stopped by a pier to eat lunch.
I went out to the dock with some friends, thinking how beautiful the blue waves looked crashing into one another. Then I noticed this man. I don’t exactly remember who spoke first, but boy it was on when they did. Usually I’m not crazy about talking to strangers, but I had a good feeling about this one.
Tommy seemed to be in his 60’s and had a heart of gold. We told him how we came out here to have some fun, but that we also just got done cleaning up homes. That sparked God into the conversation, leading him to go on about how good He is and all he’s seen done in his community after the storm. It was so awesome to randomly meet somebody and just talk about Jesus and how good we got it thanks to Him.
I told Tommy it was nice to meet him and went back to the picnic tables looking for something to eat. Y’all know those delicious sugar cookies with chocolate M&M’s in them? Ooooh boy! I was praising God when I saw those on the table you best believe!
As I was tearing that cookie up (ahaha let me stop) I looked back towards the dock, and saw Tommy just standing there alone, enjoying the peace. I glanced at my cookie, then back at him. I remember thinking to myself, I know I would love it if someone were to bring me a cookie, so why don’t I go bring him one? It was settled, I did. When I turned the corner and he saw me and what I had to offer, you wouldn’t believe the joy it brought to this man. His whole face lit up and he just shook his head, smiling. “This is something special, you’re something special” is what he told me. I laughed, thinking all I did was give this guy a cookie, I mean I already had about 3 myself, it was the least I could do.
We chatted for a few more minutes about random things like UNCW and how he fell in love with his wife on the first date, soooo sweet. I gave him a big hug before I left. He thanked me over and over for the cookie and said it was a pleasure to talk.
It’s not everyday I meet people like Tommy. It’s reassuring to know that genuinely caring people are out there through all of the hate and ugly we see. The best part was, he didn’t even have to tell me some story about how he was going through a crisis or was struggling. He wasn’t trying to get my sympathy and I didn’t feel obligated to bring him a cookie. It’s called being a loving person.
I just hope I’ll get to stumble across him again one day and maybe we can go get an actual meal, oh and a cookie for desert 😉
Thank you for taking the time to read this today. I hope it made your heart a little bit warmer and encouraged you to reach out more and just love others better. You never know what a smile or a itty bitty gesture can do for someone.
Oh and if somehow you’re reading this Tommy—thank you for inspiring this blog post, enjoyed meeting you sir!