My sister's favorite quote has always been, "Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Last Friday night the police were called; X broke into my house and made serious threats. I had to wait out the weekend before I could file for an Order For Protection. We stayed with friends but by Sunday he found us. Monday came and he beat me to the courthouse; filing his own OFP, alleging me as the abuser and gained legal emergency custody of our children. Dear God.
I rushed my children into a Safe House just in time. My lawyer met with the judge who ordered the children were to stay with me in lock down at the shelter. X has 5 guns, 2 tazers, a night stick and is, how do you say... unbalanced.
My Dad and my Sister came up to testify in court on Thursday. Life in a shelter is a whole 'nother story, but suffice it to say going to a restaurant with my family was it. Watching my children eat pancakes and laugh for the first time in days... there's no words.
As we were leaving the waitress smiled and said, "Enjoy the rest of your evening."
Six nights before, the police officer, after taking my report and speaking with my children said, "Enjoy the rest of your evening."
One day later I left court a free woman. After I hugged my lawyer she said... "Enjoy the rest of your evening."
I can't explain how those same words, spoken at different times, by different people in the same week, impacted me. One thing's for sure, each of the players were kinder than necessary.
I'm making a conscious decision to pay it forward and will try hard to remember every stranger I meet is fighting some kind of battle. It may just show them Jesus, the way I was shown this week.
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. (Psalm 117:2)