While riding the NYC subway on a cold winter’s eve, I watched an unassuming mother entered the train car with her husband and three teen-aged children.
They were obviously from another country and I didn’t understand their language, but I was unusually touched by this mother’s demeanor.
Her husband and children all listened intently as she softly spoke while steadying herself with a firm grip on a high metal bar above the doorway.
The tall son grasped the hood of his mother’s coat, the husband held his wife’s hand, and the daughters clutched their mother’s arm as the bumpy subway car rattled down the dimly lit track.
Every person in that little group was—in some way—clinging to this woman as they listened carefully to whatever she was saying.
I had no idea what words she was using at that particular moment, but I had some idea of the feelings she was conveying by watching her family members all warmly respond to her message.
Seeing this tender parent hold so tightly to the strong metal bar above the door—with her family surrounding her—was a striking visual image that I hope I will never forget.
Reaffirmed to my heart that our families look to us—they cling to us—seeking stability and guidance when the journey seems bumpy and dim.
Mothers provide a constant, steady foundation for the family.
And though many of us may feel weak and imperfect, hardly “rock-like” at all, we simply must resist the urge to feel powerless and undervalued.
We must hold on to the bar.
No matter how rough the ride…or how long the journey.
Our families depend upon it.
Watching this gentle scene felt like a “divine appointment” for me—like I was exactly where I supposed to be at that precise moment in time.
No stroke of luck.
I believe that God steers us each where we need to be.
Places people along our path.
And gives us the opportunities we need
If we listen for His direction
He can teach us by heart.
Show us remarkable things—
Ultimately guiding us ever closer
Toward the person we can become
Want to keep all of your “divine appointments?”