We often think that blessings only come in the form of money, in big packages, or nicely wrapped. Well that is farther from the truth, we are blessed in small ways everyday even though we sometimes never realise it.
Last night while heading home from work, my coworker was kind enough to offer me a ride that would take me half way my journey, of course for this I was grateful as having worked late I didn’t quite figure out my route and how I would get home as yet. Happy about this kind gesture and the possibility of getting home much quicker than I would, had I taken the bus, I hurriedly packed away my desk and left the office.
Upon getting to my drop off location, I saw a bus that was about to leave for the destination I was heading, I anxiously got on and barely sat while the bus driver waited for a few more passengers, as the bus started to fill it got more uncomfortable as a guy forcefully sat between the lady across the row and I. As I usually do when I’m travelling, I took my phone and started listening to some music while I read.
Having reached half way to my destination the conductor started to collect the bus fares. It was then I remembered, I didn’t stop at the ATM as I had planned to, had I not gotten a ride, while walking to the bus park I would have passed the ATM on the way and had planned to withdraw some money for bus fare and lunch for the rest of the week. Instead I got a ride and so excited, I forgot to secure my fare for the remainder of my journey.
I started to search my bags, purse and pockets frantically trying to find the money needed to pay my fare. I tried to stay calm but I was really panicking as the conductor was getting closer to the row I was seated in. By this time the guy sitting beside me started looking at me with a look of concerned annoyance. I bet he was wondering ‘what was it that I searching endlessly for? While searching I hoped that I would at least find enough coins to save me from the embarrassment that I was about to encounter.
To my disappointment it wasn’t enough I was $10.00 short, cashless, disappointed and angry at myself for acting carelessly and not ensuring that I had spending money on my person. I started looking around me to see if I knew anybody on the bus that could help me with my fare until we got to the town, where I would be able to withdraw the cash from the ATM and repay them.
There was noone, I looked at the guy beside me and chuckled softly with embarrassment, “I can’t find my fare, I forgot to go to the ATM and I am short $10.00 for my fare. “Scared of hearing his response to my devastating situation, I looked away and started to search my bags again with the hope of finding money hidden in any of the secret pockets I usually use to put money away for ‘rainy days’ similar to the one I found myself in tonight.
To my surprise, he responded “Don’t Worry, I will take care of it”.
In my disbelief I asked, what? He repeated, “I will pay your fare, don’t worry.” There he said it, again, ‘Don’t worry’ his response to my calamity was the most soothing words anyone could have said to me at that time during my moments of fear, from being embarrassed by the conductor about travelling on his bus without fare.
Immediately I felt a calm rushing in my spirit and my heart was blessed, I thanked the Lord in my heart and the young man through my lips. I was grateful that the guy who forced his way beside me, was my blessing in disguise.
by Moneshe Yanica