Unexpected Rain

By on May 8, 2012

I set out on an adventure today.

I ventured into the city in search of vintage goodies.

I planned ahead and wore my boots.

natural sunscreen with zinc oxide

Via Etsy

I emptied my car and prayed God would fill it.

I brought a sturdy tote.

And a hot cup of tea in a thermal mug.

And cash in my pockets in anticipation of good things to come.

I patiently scoured racks and racks of cast-off clothing.

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I hoped and dreamed and stepped out of my comfort zone.

I went in search of the lovely in the land of the unlovely.

It was lunchtime and the soup kitchen was open.

The thrift store next door was open too.

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With dreams of pretty dresses filling my head,

I was unprepared for the woman suddenly at my car window.

She came out of nowhere.

She had no bottom teeth.

She got angry when I didn’t give her money.

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I urged her to visit the soup kitchen.

She rolled her eyes and walked away muttering.

I watched her quickly approach the next car that entered the gated lot.

Then I sat in my car for several minutes afraid of another confrontation.

And felt ashamed and confused.

My city adventure suddenly lost its sparkle.

Just as the rain began to fall.

~ ~ ~ ~

What would you have done?

I often pray for “peace that nothing can offend.”

Perhaps I offend myself by my lack of confidence.

Whereas this altercation weighed heavy on my heart all day,

others wouldn’t give it another thought.

It’s certainly not a good idea to open your wallet

in a deserted parking lot and give a homeless person money.

Or is it?

Still thinking on this one.

Originally posted on Cottage and Creek.

About Lynn Minter

Finding herself suddenly single after the pre-mature death of her husband at age forty-six led Lynn Minter on a journey of self-discovery which, like many of us, she’s still on today. Determined to walk by faith and not fear, Lynn shares her adventures as a young(ish) widow and empty-nester on her lifestyle blog Cottage and Creek. She and her late husband renovated several homes and as a result, Lynn developed a penchant for decorating and design, as well as a “can do” attitude which has helped her update her current 1952 brick cottage perched on the bank of Ellicott Creek in Western New York. A lover of all things vintage, Lynn showcases her found treasures on her blog as well as in her two Etsy shops, Estate of Mind and Dress Your Drawers. http://www.cottageandcreek.com

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Unexpected Rain