Leah Bryan

“Phooey!” I exclaimed as I climbed the steps of the music building. It had been one of those terrible, I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it-because-I-might-cry days. I woke up with a migraine, forgot my textbook, left my lunch in the refrigerator, couldn’t find an empty practice room, squeaked in choir because I didn’t warm up, and received a bad score from a teacher who didn’t agree with my beliefs. I plopped onto a bench in the hallway and proceeded to sniff back tears until I could calm down a bit.

Paula, the department’s pianist, sat down beside me with her lunch and began to chat about her day. “Did you get lunch, dear?” she asked and then continued without pausing, “Try these muffins I made. They are so healthy—you’ll love them.” I thanked her profusely and demolished a muffin.

My friend, your love has made me happy and has greatly encouraged me.
Philemon 1:7a (CEV)

“Leah,” Paula’s voice was serious. “Have you been crying?”

“I’m fine,” I replied. “It just hasn’t been a good day.”

“Do you want to talk about it?” she inquired.

“Well,” I said with a sniff. “Maybe a . . . Would you mind . . . Could I please have a hug?”

“Oh sweetie,” Paula smiled and hugged me. “God will work everything out.”

“Yes,” I sighed, “but sometimes I need a reminder.”


REMEMBER: When has God sent an unexpected saint to brighten your day and to show you God’s love?

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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