I still remember five years ago, I was waitressing at a café to earn some pocket money.
One day, an elderly couple I had served on a number of occasions called me over as I was finishing my shift and said, “We have noticed that you are such a cheerful worker and good at what you do. We really want to tip you in person to show you our appreciation!” It wasn’t the $6 tip or the nice things they said, but the sincerity of their gesture that brought tears to my eyes.
Immediately after and all the way home, I still remember hearing the words from Psalm 139 running through my head, “How precious and weighty are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand.” I felt like God was specifically singling me out, that he had his hand upon my life. It was a tremendous, amazing moment that has become a part of me.
You never know how your simple gesture or word of encouragement could impact someone, just like how that elderly couple would never know the full extent of what their tip meant to me.
How precious and weighty are your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand
- Susanna Tan