The other day I was walking into Target and walked passed someone who looked at my belly, which seems to be happening more and more these days as it's kind of hard to miss.
I wondered what this woman thought when she saw me and was reminded how I used to feel when I walked by pregnant woman. I'd see their bellies and long for that to be me. I'd think that they had no idea how lucky they were to be pregnant. They had no idea what a gift it was to be having a baby. That I was trying so hard and going through so much to be pregnant and that I deserved to have a baby.
It kind of makes me want to wear a sign now that says "I know how lucky I am and want this baby more than anything."
It made me think about what other people's signs may say. I think of some of my friends who have gone through some incredibly hard times. I think of how people may treat them differently if they knew what they had been or were going through.
I think about how there has to be people that I walk passed that just lost a love one, are dealing with health issues, infertility, broken relationships or even just a really terrible day.
I think of how easy it is to judge others when we walk by them. To look at things they have or don't have and feel as though you deserve it more or you would handle it differently.
It was a reminder that I don't know others' stories. I don't know their brokenness or their hopes. I don't know what they are dealing with on a daily basis. I don't know what their sign would say.
It was a reminder to smile at others. To remember that everyone is dealing with their own battles. To treat them with love. And to be so thankful for the blessings that God has given me.