Yesterday on the bus I sat next to a lady called Velda. It’s a Scandinavian name, so she told me. Our conversation began with general small talk.
We talked about travelling, and she was keen to tell me she had been to Pakistan. I told her I have never been myself! Curiosity arose and then began the questions about my background.
I’m a Sikh! She found out, and then began to tell me her own story.
She first pulled out a leaflet, and told me she was a born again Christian.
Oh dear, I thought. I wasn’t looking forward to the rest of this. Past experiences have often involved me being told that I’m on the wrong path!
However, what Velda told me was quite different.
Some time ago, she was 25 years old and very angry. Angry that her marriage had fallen apart. Angry that she lost a baby in childbirth. Angry at God for all those things. She was of a Christian background, and knew the “basics”, but her faith meant very little to her then.
For some reason, she decided to go to church on the day her baby would have turned one years old. Upon entering, she was blessed with the vision of Jesus Christ, and all she felt was love…
The next day she was confused, and still felt bitter. After work she picked up a Bible, an old wedding gift from her friend, which she had never opened before. Velda opened the Bible at a random page and read, 1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
The day after Velda did the same thing, opening up the Bible at a random page she read, Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
That is when she understood she was to follow the path shown to her, and that one day she would meet her little girl who was awaiting her in heaven. She understood the reason why her baby had left, she said if it had not happened she would not have found God.
Though we come from different backgrounds, I felt like there wasn’t much difference between our ways of thinking. I saw that Velda was living her Truth. Something I struggle to do daily. There is a reason why I met her, you can learn so much from different people.
It’s all down to Guru Sahib I guess.