I am not unaware that I am getting older. Some days I forget my age when my mind tells me, “oh, yeah, we can still do that!” But then, later on when I’m trying to sit or lay down my body says, “girl, we can’t do that no more!” However, the older I get I make sure that I listen to my body and do what’s best for it. I made my brother a promise, when he was battling cancer, that I would take care of myself and not ignore when my body is talking to me. So, when I ain’t feeling quite right, I go see my doctor.
I happened to be doing a follow up appointment this morning when my day was impacted in a very unexpected but pleasant way. My appointment was at 8 a.m. I got up on time, made breakfast for the kids, sent them off to school and went about my normal morning routine. I had an extra hour since I wasn’t going straight to work so I had breakfast myself and extended my quite time. Left the house on time, made the forty minute drive to my appointment and the moment I put the car in park I realized that I’d walked out of the house and forgot my doctor’s acquisition order for the test he wanted done. Not to panic, I thought, maybe the doctor forwarded a copy to the office. Get in, check in and tell the receptionist about my mishap. She checks the system and finds no acquisition order. Our next option, before panic sets in, is to call the doctor’s office and simply have them fax over a copy. The message on the doctor’s line says that the office is not open until 11 a.m. today. Now, its time to panic!
Of course, there was no way I’d be able to make the forty minute drive back home to get the papers, make the forty minute drive back to the office (if there was even time to no squeeze me in) and then get to work by 11:20 a.m. Looking at my face, I think the receptionist could tell that I was starting to get a little anxious. Thinking quickly, after I told her how far I had to drive to go back home and then return pending traffic, she asked where I lived and then found an office that was closer to my house. Thankfully, that office agreed to squeeze me in but I had to get there within the hour. I got home, grabbed the papers, made it to the office within the hour, checked in and sat down to wait my turn.
As to not let my anxiety to continue to rise, I decided to Bluetooth a message from Transformation Church on my ride back to the house from my first appointment location. During this message the pastor referenced a passage of scripture I wanted to read. Upon sitting at my second appointment I thought I’d take out my bible and read over the scripture while I waited. As I began to read, I noticed a man of a different nationality watching me. I thought nothing of it and continued reading. A few moments later this same man walked over to me and said, “hey, what’cha reading?” I replied, “the bible” and then told him the scripture I was reading. He told me that was one of his favorite scriptures and sat down next to me. He introduced himself and began talking to me about his church and ministry background. He said that he approached me because he’d never seen anyone reading the bible in public and was glad I was unashamed to do it.
For a split second I thought, “I hope this man is not trying to hit on me because I don’t want to have to be rude.” As it turns out, he wasn’t he just wanted to have a conversation about God. We had a very pleasant conversation about God, my kids, his kids, his family, my work and then my name was called to see the receptionist.
The strangest thing happened. The receptionist told me that the test my doctor ordered couldn’t be performed at that location and that I would have to go to yet a different location. We rescheduled the appointment for a later date because it was apparent I was not supposed to have that test done today. On my way out I stopped to thank the man who took the time to come over and talk to me. When I told him I was at yet the wrong location again he told me that he wasn’t supposed to be there either. He had been finished with his appointment for about an hour and the friend that was supposed to pick him up was running late. He then shared a scripture with me, quietly prayed over me and sent me on my way with a hug. Of course we got funny looks from the people in the waiting room because here was this short black lady with crazy natural hair and this tall white man with a bald head and sleeve tattoos on both arms sharing about God, praying and hugging in the waiting room of a medical office. Talk about angels on earth.
I’ve heard of people having encounters like this but I’d never experienced one myself until today. It truly made my day. Just when I thought I was going to have a bad day and stress out over this appointment, God sent this angel to cross my path. My whole day changed in just a few short minutes.
Trying to let God lead the way…:)