My husband was sleeping in his recliner on a lazy Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago. I tried to do the same, but my brain started spinning and I became more motivated to get a few nagging tasks done than to take a nap. I was in such angst trying to decide whether to try to go to sleep or get up and get busy the exercise became non-productive and I decided to get up.
As I passed behind his recliner I just had a sudden urge to pat his sleeping head. So I did. When he woke up, he had a puzzled look on his face. “A strange thing happened while I was sleeping,” he said. “I dreamed an angel came by and tapped me on the head. It was so real. It brought such comfort to me!”
Laughing, I debated a few seconds as to whether to disclose the source of his celestial encounter. Thinking back though, I realized how encouraging just a little bitty “pat” can be. I think of my clients who by law, I cannot touch. Sometimes the Holy Spirit defies the rules and I do not resist the urge just to give a light pat on the arm or a hug of course if I have permission from them to do so.
Along those lines, I met a complete stranger in the mall the other day. She clued me in on some excellent deals. This was very helpful as I always give the ladies who attend a counseling sabbatical a gift bag so I was able to really take advantage of some incredible savings on bubble baths and lotions. As she walked off I patted her on her arm and thanked her profusely for sharing her wisdom. I also handed her a business card and told her to go to my web site to see why I required so many gift sets.
A few days later I received a call from her. She began sharing her story and told me that I would never know how much it meant for me to encourage her as much as I did that day. I had no clue I’d brought any joy into her life at all. It was “the pat” that gave her the courage and a “lift” for the rest of the day as she tackled some difficult things.
Can you imagine that a two-second small touch could be anywhere from “an angelic experience” to the “life-saver” of the day? Why should we be surprised? Jesus used His Touch in so many amazing miracles. We can all take some lessons from the value of encouragement from touch, even if it’s only a small little pat. I am convinced this small gesture could bring amazing encouragement to our children and our husbands if we remembered to extend pats to them frequently.