Have I Written About You?

“Strays in a tray; some thrown away. Rounded down. Unheeded; unneeded.” *

pennies

If you knew that you were the inspiration for something I wrote, would you be flattered – or flustered? Would you be interested to know how I depicted you and why? Or would you want to get the heck out of here NOW?

Like most writers, personal experience is my starting point. I write about things I see, feel or experience, events that have influenced me, ideas I hope will shape my future.

I saw a man in the station yesterday.

He took his hand out

of his pocket and a coin

bounced to the tile.

When he saw that it was a penny,

he dismissed it and hurried on.

It was still rolling.

I saw a beggar on the bridge today.

His tattered sign announced,

“I’m alone and broke”. People

parted and streamed past

him, like runoff around

a fallen branch.

He had copper skin. *

Leigh Blackall - flickr.com
Leigh Blackall – flickr.com

I’m endlessly intrigued by the people around me. I take a lot of cues from them: the blind man on the corner tapping his cane in the snow; the young man emerging from the urban church kicking a bedraggled pigeon; the scowling, swearing cab driver.

I never want to forget that each of their stories matters on a much larger scale than I will ever know and it isn’t up to me to assign a value to their experience.

If your life has intersected with mine in some way, I may have even written about you. It could have been your statement pin, your sleeve tattoo or something seemingly innocuous you said; maybe you were obviously sad or unconvincingly stoic. I might have been surprised by your smirk or touched by your generosity.

There’s a good chance I may have felt prompted to pray for you in that moment. That happens a lot.

But don’t worry. If I wrote about you, I wouldn’t have used your real name – if I even knew it, that is. I probably would have changed some descriptors, too, to blur it up a bit. (I get the whole privacy thing.)

The point is you are seen. Not just by me; no, maybe not by me at all. You may think you’re just another pedestrian hurrying down the sidewalk or an anonymous shopper at the mall. But your life and your actions, the way you react to things, it all matters. Despite what you may think, you are not invisible. Not by a long shot.

The truth is none of us drifts through life unnoticed, even though it may seem that way sometimes. There are no throw away people. Even the bedraggled birds are beheld by God (Matthew 10:29).

  • On days you’ve felt you were completely alone, someone may have been nudged to pray for you.
  • On days you’ve thought your life was small, another may have learned something significant just by being near you.
  •  On days you’ve doubted your ability to inspire, a poem may have been written about you.

And every day, you have been loved with an immeasurable love by the One who created you.

 

(* From ”The Plight of the Penny”, copyright 4/12/10 Diane Rivers)

About Diane Rivers

Diane is a native Floridian whose career as an FBI Agent got her transferred to the North. She's retired from that gig now and "repurposed" as a freelance writer, author, and sometimes poet who blogs about the bumpy, bone-jostling ride of her “workaround” life. She loves Jesus, her family, black coffee, kayaking, biking, and hiking, and she looks forward to eternity with the One who will make all things beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

4 thoughts on “Have I Written About You?”

    1. I love Hagar’s story in Genesis when she refers to God as “El Roi -the God who sees” because he saw her and comforted her when she was abandoned and desolate. Such comfort there, to know that we are never invisible to Him.

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