Ever noticed those spring flowers only come after some pretty dreary rainy days? To add a bit of sunshine, I decided to share these three real-life stories from the homes of strangers to brighten your day.
I’ve changed all names, so if you know these folks but not by these names, don’t worry. Likely your memory’s still intact. Just sit back and enjoy!
From the family room
Four-year-old Jeffy ran to his father. He’d overheard people at church talking about Jesus.
“Daddy, when’s Jesus coming back?”
“Nobody knows exactly when, Jeffy.”
“Well, just Google it.”
From the living room
As she worked in the kitchen, Julie trained an ear toward the living room where the preschoolers were playing. Her children always enjoyed a visit from their cousin, Jason.
“I’m Superman!” said Julie’s little son.
“I’m Wonder Woman!” said her pint-size daughter.
Peeking into the living room, Julie witnessed four-year-old Jason swing his plastic sword from his battle stance. “And, I’m Joyce Meyer*!”
*Joyce Meyer shares Bible teaching through daily television and radio programs, explaining the Bible is the Sword of the Spirit.
From the kitchen
Susan sighed, approaching her father. “Dad, I’m sick of having problems. It seems like just when one is solved, another problem springs up—over and over.”
“Follow me!” Chef David turned toward the kitchen.
The distraught young woman watched as her father put water in three pots. Once each reached the boiling point, the veteran chef carefully added potatoes to one pot, eggs to another, and coffee beans to the third.
“Just wait,” he said to his fidgeting daughter. “You’ll see.”
Twenty minutes later, Chef David lifted the potatoes and eggs out into bowls. He ladled the dark liquid into a cup. “So, what do you see, honey?”
“Dad,” said the frustrated girl. “It’s just eggs and potatoes and coffee.”
“Look again. This time touch them and tell me what you feel.”
Susan sighed but obeyed. “The potatoes are soft. The eggs are hard. And, the coffee smells great, but what’s that got to do with my problems?”
“I submerged all three of these things in boiling water. All stayed in the water the same length of time, right?” Susan nodded. “The potatoes went into the water hard, but the boiling water made them soft and weak. The eggs were fragile, so I had to take care when slipping them into the pot, but they came out hard.”
Susan sipped the coffee as her father continued. “But, look at what the coffee beans did to the water? It’s now the color of the coffee beans and provides a truly delicious drink.”
Mission accomplished? Did you receive these three real-life stories from the homes of strangers to brighten your day and discover a chuckle or two as you read? Hope so.
I’ve recounted the stories without pontificating, figuring the lesson you glean may be uniquely yours. I’d love to hear what life lesson any of the stories might have sparked in your thoughts. Feel free to share in the comments.