Not long after my divorce, I was in a home improvement store, feeling depressed and alone and exasperatedly trying to get 8-foot shoe molding to stay in my cart so that I could maneuver it through the aisles to check out. As I was trying to accomplish this, a man passing by me looked at me and said, “You’ll be alright.” He, of course, thought he was talking to me about the shoe molding, but what I heard was the Universe responding to the sadness and loss and despair I was feeling, telling me that it would all be okay. I stood in the middle of the aisle, tears welling up in my eyes, and smiled.
You’ve probably experienced similar occurrences from time to time: the Universe (or God or Allah or whatever name you give that divine force that connects us all) delivers a message that you sorely need to hear, just when you need to hear it, in some strange, unexpected way. The “messenger” could be a friend or a perfect stranger. It could be a song on the radio, or a billboard, or a passage in a book. Heck, a Facebook post could deliver your message from the divine.
Tonight it was the sample guy at Trader Joe’s. He’s retired and only works there a couple of days a week, and we’ve become friendly in the last year or so. We talked about this and that, nothing profound, but there were a couple of times in the conversation that he dropped some words that I needed to hear—little reminders from the Universe letting me know I’m doing okay, that I’m on the right track.
If you’re thinking this kind of thing hasn’t ever happened to you, it could be that you just dismissed it as some weird coincidence. Or maybe you haven’t been paying attention. I don’t know. All I know is that I’ve had enough of these messages to know that they’re more than just coincidences (actually, I stopped believing in “coincidences” a long time ago), and I can’t imagine that I’m the only one on the planet that the Universe has chosen to communicate with in this way.
So next time you’re in need of a little guidance—a bit of encouragement, a word of comfort—keep your eyes and your ears open. The message you need to hear may be right in front of you, just waiting to be received.