It all started when I accompanied my wife first thing in the morning to see her internist. She would get a good appraisal about her medical issue which caused her to faint suddenly and I wanted to hear it for myself. Well, that was the great news of the day in that we found out she had a condition which wasn't curable, but it was one that is not very serious unless the person is unaware of what is going on. With the knowledge she now has after two such incidents in the last few months, she knows how to react to preclude another fall. We were both highly relieved after I dropped her off at work and I proceeded to spend my day in town taking care of the things that I needed to do. When you live out in the rural areas, you need to come to town for the day on occasion to get needed business done.
My next stop was another great moment. I had to visit the Tax Collector's office to renew and pay for a permit I hold and I expected, as used to be the case, to be sitting and waiting and waiting for what would seem to be forever. I noticed, however, when I walked in the door that the office had been through a major overhaul and all I had to do was let the receptionist know who I was and what I needed. After only a five minute wait, a nice young lady came to get me and took me to her office where everything I needed to do could be accomplished in just minutes and I was on my way. What a breath of fresh air that was and I was both surprised and amazed at the efficiency and friendly demeanor of the office.
Next it was off to an automotive facility to follow-up on what might be a problem with the F-150. In the recent past, when having routine servicing for oil, filter and a few other quick items, I was told that I likely had a serious problem and needed it fixed right then. They, of course, played it up and told me they could fix it on the spot and I would be pleased before I left knowing that the truck was now safe. I was skeptical and I just thought of the old saying, "Me thinks he doth protest too much" and deferred action for a second opinion. I had heard from several people about a small shop that didn't look like much but where the staff was excellent and honest. They would give me a good opinion and many people had saved hundreds by going to them first. They were not far from the Tax Collector's office and I went there and was warmly greeted by a young man who if you passed him on the street Iight have thought he was a hoodlum, but he spoke very well, was kind and took ten minutes to look at the issue. He got a second opinion from another mechanic who concurred with his judgment before telling me the truck was fine. He wouldn't even hear of taking any money from me although I tried multiple times, just telling me to bring me my business when I needed it. Indeed, I will and what a blessing. He is a poster child for the old saying, "You can't judge a book by the cover."
Next, I went to look for some cool weather clothing for hot summer days in the barn. I sweat heavily in the heat and I was looking for some shorts and shirts that breathe well to keep me dry, but had no luck previously in finding just what I wanted and in my size. I walked in a store which had been recommended and, VOILA, there on the rack was exactly what I wanted and in my size at a reasonable price. Now I was four for four on the day.
I had some time to kill before it was time to pick up my wife so, realizing I hadn't eaten since six in the morning, I decided to treat myself to something to eat that I don't splurge on often but still love, particularly from the original chain that made it famous. I stopped for a steak and shake from the place that captured the name and, what's more, as I sat down another retired man at the next table recommended I get the special. Looking at the ad, they had a big steakburger, loaded, with a small shake for four dollars. Wow! I enjoyed every delicious bite and sip and, what's more, I made a new friend with a very smart man who was a traditional retired Episcopal priest. With my being and old fashioned Methodist Sunday school teacher, we shared words of faith for about ten minutes and when he left he looked me in the eye and said, "I'm glad we met. God must have intended it so." It was a great moment.
I still had about thirty minutes to kill as my phone rang and my wife said, "Why don't you come in early and meet my new work group." I did so and what a wonderful group of people they are. It's a new job for her after having a long stretch in a bad situation and her boss, the lady who sat with her on the floor in the office after she had fallen unconscious last week, was a most wonderful, people-oriented and fun loving, yet hard working person. I was so glad to see that my wife was in good hands in her new job and I thanked that wonderful lady for her care and kindness.
When I got home, I commented about all the positive vibes I had received during the day and that God truly gave me a special day. We laughed about it and she agreed and I just had to pray and thank God for such a special and perfect day. Excepting the important news regarding my wife, most of the other things would be considered by many just small things, but when you added up all of them, my idea of perfection was truly met. And I share my day not to brag, but just to show that if you try to think positively, keep faith in your heart and in your actions, it is truly amazing what can happen. If it could happen for me, just another sinner who tries to do the best I can, it can happen for anyone and I think that also is very special. Have a wonderful day.