Hopefully, you have read Life with Lynnie (Lwl) for the last few days. If so, you'll know that I'm discussing something that has happened in my life.
It's something, concerning... friendship.
If you have read LwL, then you are aware that I used my Airmiles.ca points to pay for my friend's cruise and airfare. Yes, we both paid for our taxes, fees, port charges, etc., but by using my airmiles points, I saved her between $1,000 - 1,100.
You'll also know that before I booked the cruise and the air flight, she agreed to do things I suggested. But, after I booked the cruise, she changed her mind, which was why I arranged the airfare.
After arranging the airfare, my friend let me know she changed her mind about sharing a car rental fee for a couple days, in Florida.
She made it clear that she didn't want to do anything I wanted to do. And, told me that she would only do what she wanted to do.
She wanted to just be in the pool, or sit in the sun beside the pool. Which is what she did, when we were in Tampa, Florida, USA.
What did I do?
To me... nothing, really.
Okay, I walked from our room, to sit in the open area where the front desk was located.
I would sometimes use their computer. I would sometimes just take my Bible, and read it. And, sometimes, I just took a deck of cards, and sat at a table where I could play Solitaire.
Sometimes, I would have a cup of tea.
All this was done in between times when I had to lay down, in our room.
Yes, it was upsetting to me that my friend knew I could not go into the pool, due to my health problem. Plus, she knew that I couldn't sit out in the sun for a long time.
Even so, I forgave her. And, didn't treat her badly.
Why? Because, I loved her. And, wanted to show her love.
After all, that's what God wants us to do.
Just as we read, in 1 John 4:8, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."
In my heart, I always want to love people. Even if they hurt me.
Because just as we read in today's Bible verse, He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
And, I wanted to make sure I loved my friend. Even though I felt she was not loving me.
Was this easy?
But, God showed me love from someone else, at that hotel.
The male desk clerk worked at the desk on both days. He saw that my friend did everything she wanted to do. And, he saw that I could not do much of anything.
On both afternoons, while I was seated in the area having tea, he came up to me, and asked if I would like to have a muffin.
This was shocking! You see, after breakfast time, there is no food, there. Everything is removed.
Yet, he felt badly that I was there spending all my time... alone. Doing nothing... that would seem to be what people would do while on vacation.
For this, I thanked him, and agreed. Both afternoons, he gave me muffins.
Believe me when I say, I prayed for him. And, praised him... to God.
Yes, I thanked God for touching that fellow's heart. For, I felt that he showed me a form of love.
Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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