Thursday, August 8, 2013

Shocking!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about meeting with my friend A, after arriving back in Windsor, last Saturday.

After being home a short time, another friend called and wanted to get together with me. 

Yesterday, we met for lunch.  This is something we haven't done for a very long time.

You see, we normally enjoyed pizza and salad together, along with our husbands, when my now deceased husband Gordon was still alive.  Since then, the remaining three (3) of us, continued to meet.  And, sometimes with another friend.

So, this was something shocking to me, to be invited out to lunch!

We met at Red Lobster (RL).  It has been quite a while since either of us had enjoyed a meal there, so I was happy when she suggested it.

I usually try to arrive early, but yesterday I seemed to be running late.  I arrived only moments before our scheduled meeting time.  And, was shocked to see M hadn't yet arrived.

Another shocking event, was that when I entered the restaurant waiting area, a whole group of people I knew were there! 

These were all people who worship at the church where I worshipped for many years.  And, the majority of them, were people I used to meet with monthly, until I became ill last September and wasn't able to attend very often, due to not being well enough to drive off and on.

These people thought I had found out about a group luncheon and was joining them.  But, this wasn't the case.

I tried to not feel offended by not being invited.  Especially, since I had just visited on Monday, the person they were celebrating with.  And, not a word of this was said to me.

Oh well!  That's life.  Within seconds, I silently forgave them.

One couple, who have been good friends to me, came over to the booth were I was seated, awaiting my friend M to arrive.  We had a short, but lovely conversation.  I was happy to have seen them and spoken with them.  Thank You, Lord!

Even though I was grateful to have spoken with those friends, I must admit that I felt rather rejected.  Not just because I hadn't been invited to join the group in the celebration when it was first arranged.  But also, because I was reminded about how I had not heard from the majority of them, since I had become ill.

Those thoughts made their way through my mind.  But, I must admit, only for a second or two.

When I saw my friend M arrive, my heart was joyful once again!

For a moment, I thought about how we as humans face so many situations in our lives.  Some happy and some not.  Troubles.  And, blessings.

Those thoughts brought to mind Psalms 71:20-21, "Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.  Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side."

Not only did my Lord remind me that I felt troubled and slightly rejected, but I also was reminded about how He lifts me up and comforts me.  Just as He did, within a minute or two!

Of course, being comforted wasn't the only blessing I received.

M and I each enjoyed a lovely meal.  Thank you, M... for treating me to a wonderful meal and time, together!  I didn't expect this, but I thank you and promise that next time, it will be my treat.

After our meal, we chatted for a while, then decided to not hang around the restaurant any longer.  As we were exiting RL, we decided to walk next door.  A moment later, we entered Tim Horton's (TH)!

We stayed there for quite a while, enjoying each other's company and TH delicious treats!

I must say that I'm sure M's husband will be surprised that we did not run out of things to talk about! 

All in all, I must say that I had a great day.  I felt blessed.  And, grateful!


Until next time...

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