Today I swam laps at the YMCA. I showered, got dressed, and wandered over to the dressing room mirror. As I smeared lotion over my face like I was finger-painting, I stared at my reflection in the mirror and laughed out loud seeing my eyes circled with indentations made by my swimming goggles.
To my left, a lady asked, “What’s so funny?”
I shook my head and replied, “Look at all these wrinkles. The googles didn’t help any.”
She quickly unzipped her cosmetic bag, handed me a tub of lotion, and said, “Try this. I swear by it . It’s a miracle lotion.”
“Miracle lotion? Ya, I could probably use some, if I’m ever gonna date.”
She touched my shoulder and asked, ” You’re single? So am I. Are you trying? Are you on any site?”
I shook my wet head of hair. “Nope.”
“Me neither. My husband died of cancer twelve years ago and I have been raising the kids by myself since then. What’s your story?”
“Well, I got divorced seventeen years ago and shortly afterwards my ex became a paraplegic. So ya, I have been raising the kids since they were five and six.”
We exchange details and discovered both our son’s were engineers back in Chicago and New York and our daughters are here in California. We both agreed we have a good life but miss companionship and can get lonely sometimes but have to trust God for the plan.
I touched her shouldered and said, “You know what I say before I get out of bed?”
She didn’t let me finish. The New Yorker quickly replied, “I say,’ How do you want to use me today, God? Show me.”
I giggled and hit her shoulder, “You stole my line. That’s exactly what I say.”
We laughed, hugged and exchanged phone numbers.
I grabbed my gym bag, headed out the door, and smirked at the sky. You do see me, God. You do hear me.
I jumped in my Jeep, pulled down my car mirror and thought That’s some lotion. A kinda miracle lotion.
Before backing up, I received a text ‘Great meeting you. A walk on the beach soon!’
I thought I may want less wrinkles but I need companionship. We all do. God knows my heart and will bring the one who falls in love with my heart, wrinkles and all. No miracle lotion will be needed.
“God will meet all your needs.” Philippians 4:19
God can even use face lotion to connect strangers.
Be open. Be willing. Be expectant.