I vaguely remember reading about a situation of a girl who was struggling with maternal issues. I don't know where I read it or how I had access, but evidently I commented on my own situation, trying to establish some kind of hope. Two months later my family had moved from Kearns to West Valley. I hadn't given my comment or the girl a second thought.
We lived in West Valley for five and a half years before we moved to Oregon. We've been in Oregon for seven months now and out of the blue I get this picture message and then a facebook request from someone I don't even know. Turns out to be the girl who had saved my message to her phone and has had it there for all this time. Evidently my words had left an impact on her end and she sought me out.
I know I have done that myself. Recently I sent a message to Jeff (mentioned in this post) although it's been over 35 years since we graduated high school - at least I gave him something to go on - though he still may not remember me - nor is is it important. What's important is that he was there for me and I did acknowledge it.
A similar situation occured with Maureen who sent me a friend request on facebook. I did not recognize her name, nor did we have any friends in common. She lives in Ireland. I don't know anyone in Ireland. I messaged her that I thought she had the wrong person. But she was able to message me back exactly what I said.
The description fit. How many other women with my name did not marry until age 39 and took in three boys and was grateful that she didn't have to go through potty training and had a tubular pregnancy and then gave birth to a girl even though the doctor said that there would be less than a 25% chance of getting pregnant. on and on. Evidently I had also sent a picture of Jenna. I don't remember doing that.
I would not have this vague memory at all if I hadn't read what she had saved. It is mind boggling to have someone contact you out of the blue like that. I still don't understand how or where we made the connection. She still has the same cell phone that she owned back in 2009. I had gone through three phones and two different phone numbers (I think) in that same amount of time. I have to delete things or else my phone will clog. But then again, I still have a "grandma" style phone with buttons. I don't like touch screen. They frustrate me.
I believe that God sends people into your life just when you need them. We don't always know how we have influenced someone from our past, those we are aquatinted with, or even those we're not acquainted with. Our thoughts, actions and emotions influence others close at hand and across the sea. We don't always see it, but God does. He has a hand in everything. It is up to us to have the faith to understand the influence he brings to us through others.
I just hope and pray that I may always contribute in ways that are positive. I am reminded of this hymn. I want to incorporate it into my life on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, Maureen and I have the opportunity of corresponding and made a connection. I am looking forward to many friendships.