I think I had bent down to pick up yet another toy. I don’t remember. I do know I was sitting in my hallway trying not to cry when the doorbell rang. I wanted to act like no one was home, but seeing as how one rambunctious toddler and one wailing boy baby were informing the guest that there was indeed life inside and tons of it, I pulled myself to my feet.
I glanced around on my way to the door, grimaced at the chaos, and hoped against hope that it wasn’t anyone I would actually have to invite into our madness. Of course it was. Standing at my front door, wearing the sweetest of how-are-you smiles was an elderly lady from our church. You know I let her in.
Mrs. Honeycutt told me that she had been heading home from running an errand when I came to her mind and she felt maybe the Lord wanted her to drop in on me. I remember how she tried to get me to open up with a gentle observation, something like “I know life with little ones sure can get overwhelming at times.” Bless her heart, I didn’t just open up, I erupted into a bawling mess even as I assured her that we were fine, just fine. Fortunately, she didn’t believe a word of it. Instead, she asked me if could stay a while and rock the baby while I played with Jessica or got a few things done around the house. “Whatever you need to do,” that’s what I remember her saying. The reprieve was very much appreciated, but it was dwarfed by the startling realization that God cared enough about my mommy-hood meltdown to send backup!
That story came back to me just now as I sat down to write about guiding lights, mentors, saints and wonders. Since I have spoken at length on this porch about my parents, my husband, and my BFF, all of them huge qualifiers in those categories, I challenged myself to think of other people who have steadied me along life’s way. Mrs. Lucy Honeycutt is one of those people. Today she is in her mid-nineties and she is still going strong, tending to sick and shut-ins who are half her age. By anyone’s definition, Mrs. Lucy is a saint and a wonder. I aspire to live a life where the same can be said about me!
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is an author, speaker, radio host and Belle of All Things Southern, http://www.allthingssouthern.com, who has been helped, steadied, and guided by many of God’s living lights.