Sometimes we get a feeling inside us we don’t understand. A woman from Ohio named Joyce Rhinehart experienced this very thing while she was out with her grandson, Blake. She’d taken him out for ice cream after his tennis lesson. There, she spotted a family sitting on a bench outside the shop.
Rhinehart says on seeing the family sitting there together eating their ice cream; she felt a need she can’t describe. She wanted to take their photo.
“Something urged me to ask them if I could take their picture which they did not hesitate to agree,” she wrote on Facebook.
Ironically, this isn’t the first time Rhinehart has had this impulse. She frequently takes photos of people in public. She says it’s her way of doing a good deed. “Usually, I do this on vacation,” she explained, “I know… I’m weird!”
Only later she would write after truly understanding that it was the hand of God that directed her to take that photo. It was a few weeks later, on Father’s Day, when Rhinehart received a text message from a number she didn’t recognize. The news left her in tears.
“Dear madam, you took our picture in front of Rita’s on June 8th. My wife has passed away yesterday, and this is the last picture we have together as a family. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kindness; it means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
She shared a few more touching messages with the man. She learned that his wife had been ill for a year. Rhinehart’s heart was heavy after some time. “I don’t even know, and the tremendous gift that was left to them cause I listened to my gut that day,” she wrote on Facebook.
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In the photo, the mother has the biggest smile on her face. It’s like she knew how much her family would cherish this gift of the photo forever.
Don’t ignore those impulses to do good. You’ll never know how much they might be appreciated one day.