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I smeared raspberry jam over my toast and sat down for breakfast. I thought about my day ahead; the chores that needed to be done. After I finished the to-do list in my head, my thoughts turned to an incident I had witnessed the day before. A friend had been mean to a stranger. It disturbed me to watch her seemingly uncaring actions.

“What did you see, Sparrow?” God asked and pulled out a chair and sat down.

I shared the details of the exchange I had seen. “It has bothered me so much that I don’t know if I want to be friends with her,” I confessed.

God nodded. “I see. If you close your heart off to her, are you behaving any differently than she did?” He asked.

“That’s different,” I said, but I wasn’t convinced that was true. I paused for a moment then said, “Maybe she just needs more love, not indifference.”

God smiled. “Love is a powerful transformer,” He answered.

“Yes, it is. And the ego gets in the way of love, doesn’t it? Here I was ready to get on my high horse and judge and withhold love,” I explained.

“Would it help if you knew that she acted out of fear; that the person she was short with reminded her of an old perpetrator?”

I drew in a short, quick breath. “I had no idea!” I said. “That makes sense, now. I’m sorry I judged her.”

God reached over and picked up a piece of toast. “I make pretty good berries, don’t I?” He asked and grinned.

“Yes, you do. And you do a fine job of helping me keep my heart open. Thank you!”

God looked out over toward the horizon, His eyes misty. “If only everyone wanted an open heart,” He said softly and patted my hand.


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