This morning I was running late for church. Normally I arrive at least ten minutes early so I can double-check my piano music-make sure all the corners are turned up, everything is in the correct order-then I have a minute to breathe. Well, today that routine was completely thrown off.
As I quickly walked in, I knew I had to skip my music checking system and rush upstairs to the choir room for warm-up. Of course, they had already started so I sleeked in and quietly sat down at the piano. While playing their vocal exercises, I found myself taking deep breaths, trying to calm the anxiousness that came from being completely out of balance.
As we headed downstairs to rehearse with the orchestra, the director spoke with kindness, expressing that she also was having a rough morning. Knowing someone else was willing to admit that they felt off-their-game helped my tension begin to fade. I felt a little better.
Walking toward the piano to prepare for the service, I noticed a note card sitting where my music would go. Hmm… What is that? Is it meant for me? Who placed it there? Questions which remain unanswered. Yet it was exactly what I needed at that very moment. A simple note of encouragement-Joshua 1:9 and “Do good.” I smiled and felt confident in the task ahead.
Reflecting over these seemingly simple acts-kind words from someone who acknowledged my stress and a sweet note from a stranger-I began to think about how many times I miss the chance to do the same for someone else. It really doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day. But it does require me to look past myself and pay more attention to those who cross my path.
Easier said than done I know-but a goal for the coming week.