I believe that Heavenly Father blesses each of us with his tender mercies and miracles everyday. Whether or not we recognize them as such, or identify them as coincidences or fate, they indeed remain a blessing to all participants. I had the wonderful fortune of experiencing what I truly believe to be a sweet and simple testimony that God is aware of us all, and that He sends people into our lives, if only for a brief moment, to bear us up and brighten our day.
On February 14th I decided to go to the mall to find a cute shirt for the evening, which was of course, Valentines Day, but specifically for a concert that we would be attending. I love going to the mall and browsing the stores, seeing people, seeing different styles, and just getting out and being social (yes, I'm the
The concert that we attended that evening was the Paul Cardall benefit concert that he holds every year to raise funds for his foundation for Congenital Heart Defects. Paul Cardall is the beneficiary of a heart transplant, (he received this blessing about a year ago) and is a wonderful and talented musician. At the concert, he performed all of the songs from his new CD that just got released. Just before the intermission of the concert, Paul Cardall brought onto the stage two different high schools study body government officers. When the Brighton High study body officers had walked onto stage, they were all boys except for one girl. To myself, I thought "man, she has great hair!". Each high school had taken on the project of doing fundraisers for his foundation. They each explained all the different fundraisers they had done and all the fun things they did to raise money. It was amazing how much money they each raised! Each school had raised about $15,000 to donate!! There was an intermission during the concert, so Paul (my hubby, not Paul Cardall!) and I went out in the foyer of the high school to mingle and look at the auction table. I really wanted to find some of my heart mom friends, to say hi. I also wanted to find one of the student body officers to personally tell them thank you for what an amazing thing they had done with raising funds, and how much I appreciated the awareness they put out there about Congenital Heart Defects. As I was walking around, I turned and noticed out of the corner of my eye, who I thought was the same mom from the mall...it was her for sure, and so I darted my eyes around to see if her daughter was with her! Just a few short feet from the mom was the girl with great hair, who was one of the student body officers...I walked up to her, tapped her shoulder, and INDEED, it was the same girl from the mall who I had met just hours before! I couldn't believe that the SBO (Student Body Officer) girl was the same girl I met at the mall! We laughed about how crazy the coincidence was that we had first met at the mall, and now were meeting up again at a concert that we both happened to attend!
Since I had wanted to say thank you to one of the SBO's, this was the perfect opportunity! I proceeded to tell Natalie (the cute girl) and her family, and another SBO that was standing there, how thankful I was for their fundraising efforts. Tears came to my eyes as I told them that I had a 'heart baby' and truly felt so much gratitude for all their hard work. I explained about Conner's heart defect and our journey with him. I felt so connected and interlinked with these sweet people whom I had just met. You know that feeling that you feel deep inside every so often when you connect with someone, despite differences, background, race or religion? ...When you feel the spirit of humanity and it makes your heart feel so tender, and you just feel peace and satisfaction, and that we are all brothers and sisters living on this earth to help one another? That is how I felt. Natalie's mom pulled out her camera and took a picture of Natalie and I together (the picture included in this post). I gave them my information so I could get the picture, and also my blog address so they could see Conner's story here. We hugged and laughed and said thank you to each other.
Seriously, how cool is this experience? Even now that a month and a half has passed since that day, I still marvel at that wonderful opportunity. This is when I think about how it was such a coincidence that when I turned to put my makeup away and leave because the line was too long, how instead I just 'felt' like I should get back in line. And I realize that perhaps while describing it as a coincidence, that it was indeed the quiet, delicate whisperings of the Holy Ghost that urged me to stay in the store, so that our meeting could take place, that I could once again see her, and know her at the concert, amidst hundreds of people who attended. Some people may call it coincidence, but I call it a tender mercy of the Lord.