Let's face it folks, we've all been there. Our star athlete is flunking algebra because she never turned in an assignment. Or the captain of the debate team locked the keys in the car in the student parking lot during the last football game of the season. And then she does something that blows you away.
Soon after her birthday, Tom and I were over for our regular weekly visit. Annalyn was excited to be going to one of her first "no Mom" events.
She'd dutifully made two batches of brownies to take. Granted, when she ran out of oil with one batch, she swapped out water without checking with her Mom. (Sometimes independence comes with a slight toll fare.)
A few minutes after answering the door, Mary came back with the girl from across the street, who was wiping her eyes on the cuff of her jeans jacket. This time when Annalyn jumped up, her mom nodded yes. The girls headed upstairs to Annalyn's room.
It wasn't long before they came back down. Somewhere in the mix, the neighbor had been given permission by someone at home to go to the event with Annalyn.
There stood my beautiful girl, basking in the glow and humility of doing the right thing...and not even realizing or caring that she'd been caught in a holy moment.
Honestly, Dear Reader, I nearly wept with pride for my daughter and granddaughter, and joy for the neighbor. Do you think that's how the Lord feels when we do the right thing, not for the blessing, but in order to bless?
Have you been a blessed bystander of a holy moment this week, Dear Reader? Did the participants know they were engaging in a holy moment? Did it matter?