It was an unexpected blessing. We spent much of last Tuesday packing, lifting, hauling, moving, as we are relocating from one side of town to the other. It was a long day. Everything seemed to get heavier as the day went on, but we were grateful that we finished at least a portion of what we wanted to get done before the predicted snow began to fall.
Then came the snow and cold of Tuesday night and Wednesday
Then came a surprise: it was an unexpected blessing. With our mailbox nearly buried and completely inaccessible to the mail carrier, an unknown neighbor from down the street came to clear a path, to make way for the mail truck so that we could get our mail. He didn’t have to do it. He certainly was under no obligation to help out a stranger, but help he did.
It may not seem like a very big deal, but in the midst of all the stresses and challenges of moving while carrying on the daily routines of life, work, and school, it was indeed an unexpected blessing. There was an important letter that we were expecting, and this simple act of kindness lightened the load more than our kind-hearted neighbor will probably ever know. His kind-hearted-goodness has reminded me many times in the days since how easy it is to live out our call to be a good neighbor to one another. How easy it is to extend the hand of kindness, simply because you can.
For whom can you lighten the load today? To whom can you be an unforeseen presence of grace?
Amid these chilly, snowy winter days, I challenge you to be the source of unexpected blessings around and across this campus, and you just might be surprised at how fulfilling the gift of the unexpected can be.
God Bless Your Unexpected Blessing of Others --
Rev. James A. Wetzstein and Rev. Charlene M. Rachuy Cox serve as university pastors at Valpo and take turns writing weekly reflections.