Last week, at the baby shower I met a woman that I cannot stop thinking about.
Friday, January 23, 2009
When I walked up to her and said, "Hello. My name is Kellie", her formal reply surprised me:
"I am Mrs. Delansky**, nice to meet you."
I thought it was funny that she introduced herself by her last name.
Now, I would never embarrass myself by trying to guess what this beautiful woman's age was, but since she will be the great-grandmother to the baby about to be born, its safe to say that she's far more wise than my thirty (and six) years.
To start the shower I found an ice breaker that would help us to get to know each other a little better.
I asked each guest to take a small scoop of M&M's, and then explained that they had to give as many facts about themselves as they had candies in their hand.
After most of the women in the room had talked about themselves it was Mrs. Delansky's turn.
She said something that went like this, "I am Mrs. Sally Delansky. I had the pleasure of being married to Mr. Delansky for 53 years, 4 months, 3 days, and 6 hours. The Lord brought us through the very best of times, and he brought us through the very worst of times. God is so very faithful. And that is what I want you to know."
Her words were so sincere that I had could not keep from weeping. I quickly wiped my leaky eyes and tried to move on. After all we had a party to run...
But I have not stopped thinking about her words.
Mrs. Delansky did not introduced herself to me by her last name to be formal.
She did it because she loves to honor her husband. Even after death.
She did it because she loves to honor God. She knows that He is in control.
She did it because she knows God's love is real. And tangible. And more than enough.
I was so grateful for Mrs. Delansky because there is so much going on the the world today that could make us feel forgotten, or bitter, or lonely, or frightened...but her words remind me to hold on to Truth, and to express gratitude for all in life that's good. Even when the good is hard to see.
Mrs. Delansky most likely has no idea how her forty-five second introduction revealed such true and profound wisdom, but it makes me want to spend the rest of my life loving my God, and loving my man, because life will be made richer for it. Not just for me, but for those who live around me.
**Name has been changed since I didn't exactly ask Mrs. D if I could write about her!