I love stories about unlikely reunions. Click here to read an earlier post in which a man was reconnected to a woman who he last saw as a young girl forty-seven years earlier. Here is a similar story by David Fox of Altamonte Springs, Florida, that was featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.
THE MAN AT THE DINER
A moving truck breakdown led to an unlikely encounter
It was the day of my family’s big move, from New Wilmington, Pennsylvania a hundred miles south to Stahlstown. My wife, kids and dog went ahead in our car while I drove the rental truck full of our belongings. Driving down the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I got a bit nostalgic. Stahlstown was just a skip away from where I grew up, Charleroi.
My great uncle had been a prominent figure in Charleroi, owner of the Fox Grocery Company, a food wholesaler. Every summer, the company hosted a big picnic at Deems Park for employees and their families—with all the food, fun and games a kid could hope for. The only restriction was to stay away from the foul-smelling sulfur creek that ran through the park. Of course, we ignored that. When I was five years old, I chased some older boys as they dashed across a log and I slipped. The yellow mud of the creek sucked me up. I struggled to get out. Suddenly, a big pair of adult hands grabbed me and pulled me from the stinky water. My parents thanked the man profusely. I, on the other hand, sat wrapped in a towel, stripped of my wet, smelly clothes, and stewed in my embarrassment.
My thoughts were interrupted by a grinding sound. The truck’s dashboard lights lit up like a Christmas tree. That’s not good. I pulled the over. A breakdown. With a good deal of driving still ahead of me. Lord, why now?
The tow truck dropped me off at a small diner to grab lunch while repairs were made. I sat down at the counter and looked at the people around me. An older gentleman sat two stools down. He wore a work shirt with a patch. Fox Industries, it read.
“Fox Industries, huh,” I said to the man, striking up a conversation. “I remember when it was called Fox Grocery Company.”
“Me too,” the man said. “I’ve been working for them for years.”
“I used to go to those company picnics when I was a kid,” I told him.
“I remember the picnics,” the man said. “In fact, I once had to rescue one of those Fox kids from drowning in that sulfur creek.”
Now I knew why my truck had broken down. I held out my hand. “Thank you,” I said. “That kid was me.”
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.