As we walk into the room the usher informed me that our table captain had been waiting for us. In fact, she had even saved a seat for me, my mom and my friend. This is the same table captain that was there when I was a blubbering fool the week before. I definitely felt a little guilty for my thoughts of not wanting to go to this particular service for my own selfish reasons, especially after everyone had been so nice and comforting.
This week at our table there were two unfamiliar faces. They were a couple who looked like they were probably in their 40s or 50s. They began to share that they had lost their son to a drunk driver in 2010. While not having had the same kind of loss with my father's passing, I was able to share with them some words of understanding and comfort. The wife thanked me after and said my words had helped. We ended up exchanging information a few minutes later.
I left church that day with this amazing feeling. I thought how awesome is it that I almost missed this opportunity to help someone else who was in need. I also was so shocked that God had used me as a conduit to help others. I guess in my eyes I am still that girl who didn't grow up going to church and who has a limited understanding of the bible. I feel like I would be the least likely person to help deliver God's messages. But as I have told others this story they don't share my amazement. In fact, they have all had a sort of "duh" reaction. The duh, meaning that they have always seen me as someone who delivers words that help others. I guess I am starting to realize that my desire to help others may not manifest in the way I had imagined. I just feel privileged that God is using me in ways that I had never imagined nor may I ever understand.
I share this to say don't underestimate the power of words and their affect on others. Words have the power to make someone's day but they also have the power to break someone's spirit. You never know when you might be called on to say the right thing, to the right person, in the right situation. Don't miss your opportunity.