It was no big deal, really. In fact, I had forgotten all about it.
One day last month we had a downpour of rain like no other. It came down with such force that soon a river flowed where our street once was. No one would want to be driving out in this weather, so it was a surprise when I heard a quick rap on the door.
It was a woman who explained that the main road was flooded so she cut down our street only to find her car almost submerged on ours. She had pulled into our driveway and was waiting for the storm to pass. She then asked if she could use our restroom, so I let her and her daughter come inside. I talked to them for a little bit, but they soon returned to their car and when our storm drains finally caught up expelling the rainwater, they were back on the road again.
“Who was that? Did you know them?” Jim asked.
“No, just met them now! They are just people who live in our city who got caught in the rain.”
I brushed it off and went on with my day. Yesterday in the mail I received a letter from this mom and daughter thanking me for that day. She started the note, “I bet you thought you would never hear from me again, but I wanted to thank you…” I was surprised because to me it was no big deal, but it meant something to her. (I was just thankful my bathroom was presentable! 🙂 )
How many times on this autism journey, what was “no big deal” for someone meant the world to us! I wish I could tell you what an encouraging word, a hug, a cup of coffee, helping us transport our other kids to events, someone telling me that they are praying for us, means to us! That encouraging note someone wrote to me, I still have it and have read it over and over again. That hug? I see them as God’s reminder that He has given us such wonderful friends who support and love us in the good times and bad. That coffee? Some days I am functioning with only a few hours of sleep because of Sarah and that coffee was the kindest thing someone could do. Small acts, “I was driving my kids to the event anyway…” are priceless and do not go unnoticed by the Lord or by us! Bless you and thank you for faithful prayers!
Thank you…your “no big deal” truly means a lot!
Mark 9:41, “I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”
By the way, I am keeping my bathroom clean just in case of another storm! 🙂