One of my unexpected visitors that I spoke about was an elderly gentleman, Willard. Willard is my hubby’s mom’s husband. We haven’t seen him much since James’ mom passed away. It was a wonderful visit. He is a loving, gentle man who loves God, loves to talk to God and about God and gives God all glory and honor.
He taught me something the day he arrived.
He got a bit turned around as he was driving to our place and arrived quite a bit later than he thought he would and arrived in time for dinner about 6:30pm. As we were unloading his car he said, “What a wonderful day it was!” I chuckled a bit because I knew he had to have had a long day driving and some confusion with getting lost and such. I asked him what time he left home and replied softly, “I think I left there about 10:30 this morning.”
Wow! Just wow! What is typically a 4 hour drive, give or take depending on traffic, turned into a 10 hour “wonderful day”! I was stunned. There was not an ounce of frustration in him, not a bit of anger, no complaining. Just pure simple peace and a focus on the wonderful day.
He said to me, “I know God is determined to make me smile, so I just smiled and enjoyed the day.”
I have never met anyone like this. Is this the peace that St. Seraphim talks about when he says, “Acquire peace and a thousand around you will be saved.”? Because just hearing him talk so peacefully about his day makes me think of this. As I reflect on this interaction a couple of days after the fact I have found myself in awe, even more so than originally.
Willard knows nothing of St. Seraphim, he isn’t an Orthodox Christian, but he sure has the spirit of St. Seraphim. I pray some day I may have such peace because I feel pretty sure that if that was my day I wouldn’t have handled it quite the same.
When things get tough in the day may we find peace in each moment knowing our Lord is with us, carrying us through, giving us strength and if we let Him, peace and joy.