Reconnect One: In the WayJuly 5, 2018
I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop but I also couldn’t help but hear the grunting accusation, “Get out of my way. You’re always in the way!”
I looked at the defeated face of the child doing her best to steer clear of the cart her mother was maneuvering through the grocery store aisle. And figuring I had one second to respond before the window of opportunity closed I blurted out, “Oh! I’m so sorry! I didn’t realize I was in the way!”
The woman looked up with a furrowed expression and the child smiled slightly in my direction.
I heard myself say, “You know I get in the way a lot. I’m a Christian and I like to think I’m following Jesus in the Way but sometimes I just get in the way!”
The woman’s expression softened and the tightness melted from her shoulders. She stood there staring at me over her grocery cart and then she looked at her daughter.
“Jenny, I’m so sorry. You’re not in my way.”
Jenny rushed in for a deep hug and I turned my cart and walked away – feeling I had gotten in the way, again.