So often in life, things that we don't understand or don't know a lot about can seem pretty scary to us. I remember when I was in elementary school, my friends and I would swing at recess and make up stories about the little old woman who lived in the house behind the school. Every day, she wobbled out to gather herbs from her garden. We were sure that she was brewing up some sort of evil stew, and that if she could she'd love to throw the fingers of little children into her concoction. Without ever talking to her, we were convinced...she was a witch. (It didn't help that she often wore black!)
There is another little old woman who lives in my town now. She walks all day long...every day. I've seen her in the heat of summer and the freezing cold of winter, hobbling along the streets, across bridges, through parks. Her face is a bit weather-worn from wind and sun, but she always seems happy. I wonder if my children notice her, and if they do, what they think about her.
We saw this woman yesterday, so I pulled my car around to where she was. I decided to offer her a Book of Mormon. She walks pretty fast. I jumped out of the car, then had to run to catch up with her. Hopefully, I didn't spook her!
When I saw her face up close, it was actually very pleasant, and her smile was beautiful and she was very articulate. I told her than I had seen her walking and thought she might like to read the book that I had. I explained a bit about it and that it teaches about Jesus Christ. She thanked me and took it, then asked me if I wanted it returned when she finished. I said, sure, she could give it back when I saw her again.
Then I asked her, "Why do you walk all of the time?" She said, "Oh, I have been walking since before my husband died. Now, I just love to be out in nature." I said, "Yes, you sure must see such beauty, and you must be in rather good health with all of that walking. You inspire me." She brushed that comment off, then thanked me and continued on her way, as did I. All the while, my children watched from the car. I am sure that they'll notice her now.
I wonder sometimes if people find The Book of Mormon, or the thought of it, a bit scary, because it is unknown or unfamiliar, but I wonder if they wouldn't find it for what it is--beautiful, enlightening, peaceful, and gratifying--if they just got close enough to it to get to know it a little, as I did this beautiful old woman. I do hope she finds what she is looking for as she walks God's good earth!
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