Today I wasn't having a very good day. Just one of those days when you don't feel well and every little thing just makes you feel a little more sorry for yourself. I even watched Little House on the Prairie this morning and teared up. :)
I had to drive thru a Walmart parking lot to get to my bank to make a deposit. This particular Walmart is under construction, so temporary fencing put up around the store makes it hard to know where to drive. I mistakenly turned down a path that was one way. Only....it wasn't marked one way on my end. Only on the end where I'd eventually end up. What's the point in that? If it IS ok to enter, don't put up a sign. Anyway.....I am almost to the end of the row and this woman in a suburban sees me coming out of the row, going the wrong way. She wanted to drive down that row...and I was delaying her by 3 seconds. She absolutely freaked out and let me have it. She was yelling at me and pointed back and forth to the "one way" sign (again...that was only on her end) and to the row. She repeated the motions about 10 times while I just sat there looking at her, wanting to laugh....and waiting for her to back up so I could move and she could get down the aisle. I couldn't believe how upset she was that I caused her a few seconds delay. And that I'd made a mistake. The nerve of me.
So I laughed a little...pulled out of her way...then pulled into the bank drive thru. And I cried! How dumb. But man...she had no idea what kind of day I'd had. But really, I had no idea what kind of day she'd had either. And I wondered if she'd feel bad about it later. And if she did that to the next person who she saw.
Then as I pulled out of the bank to get Noah from school, an older man was stalled in front of me, sweating as he stood in the sun. But he waved me around when the traffic was clear for me to go. He was stalled but went out of his way to make sure it was safe for me to pull out. And he smiled and waved as I drove by. I thought, "I bet he likes Little House on the Prairie." :)
I want to be like him. How much more effort did it take for him to wave and smile than for the other woman to yell at me? So often I want the world to revolve around and react according to my day and mood. Those two souls were a good lesson for me in patience, first impressions, and being a light for the Lord.
"Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved." ~Marcus Antonius