There once was a little boy who decided he wanted to find God. He knew it would probably be a long trip, so he decided to pack a lunch – four packs of chips and two cans of soft drink. He set out on his journey and went a few blocks until he came to a park. On one of the park benches sat an old woman looking at the pigeons. The little boy sat down beside her and watched the pigeons too. When he grew hungry, he pulled out some chips. As he ate, he noticed the woman watching him, so he offered her a pack of chips. She accepted gratefully and smiled at him. He thought she had the most beautiful smile in the world. Wanting to see it again, he opened a can of soft drink and offered her the other. Once again she smiled that beautiful smile.
For a long time the two sat on that park bench eating chips and drinking soft drink, smiling at each other, and watching the pigeons. Neither said a word. Finally the little boy realised that it was getting late and he needed to go home . He started to leave, took a few steps, turned back and gave the woman a big hug. Her smile was brighter than ever before.
When he arrived home, his mother noticed that he was happy, but strangely quiet. “What did you do today?” she asked. “Oh, I had lunch in the park with God,” he said. Before his mother could reply, he added “You know, she has the most beautiful smile in the world.”
Meanwhile, the woman left the park and returned home. Her son noticed something different about her. “What did you do today, Mum?” has asked. “Oh, I ate chips and drank soft drink in the park with God.” And before her son could say anything at all, she added, “You know, God’s a lot younger than I had imagined.”
We see what we want to see and we miss all sorts of opportunities because we don’t even look. You never know when you might meet God. He might not be what you expect but when it happens you too will be changed!
Chaplain Ian Whitley