Lunch With God
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where
God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of corn chips and a
six-pack of root beer and started his journey. When he had gone about
three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just
staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his
suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he
noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips.
She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty
that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer.
Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all
afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.As it grew
dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but
before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to
the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his
mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him,
“What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had
lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You
know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever
seen!”Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her
home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he
asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She
replied, “I ate corn chips in the park with God.” However, before her
son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I
expected.” Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a
kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act
of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.