Today I went to the cafeteria at work for a late lunch. It was 2 p.m. and I was surprised that they were still serving food. After some deliberation, I got a chicken salad and made my way to the cashier. She was an older woman, thin and pretty, with a sparkly blue star sticker on her face. (Since my recent intention has been to be “bolder,” I said to her: “Hey, nice star!). Expecting a simple “thanks,” I was surprised when she said:
“…so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
I looked at her, befuddled. (I would not realize that she was quoting Philippians 2:15 until later.) She smiled and explained: “God has saved my life three times. From a fire, from a car crash, and from cancer. God is great. That’s why I wear the star.”
I nodded, not knowing what to say. As I walked away, I thought how incredible it is that we interact with people at just the right time (like when a friend calls on the phone just when you need them to). This cafeteria worker helped me to realize, once again, that life’s obstacles are meant to make us stronger and more grateful for being alive …and for having 2nd or 3rd or 4th chances at life.
I felt blessed to have encountered this woman…and her shining star.