Ok, now that I'm done talking to Reggie, I'll explain it for the rest of you. I had a wonderful "chance encounter" this weekend at the local office supply/copy store. I was there with my Mom scoping out ideas and gathering information for our cookbook fundraiser and weighing the print-at-home versus the pay-for-the-copying options. We took the time to talk to the copy center clerk - who, by the way, was less than excited about our project but grudgingly quoted us an outrageous price anyway while urging us to double check with the General Manager before we even try to submit the order - and we ended up a little more confused and frustrated than we started. Having already decided it wasn't worth the hassle of trying to get the copy center to take the job and set it up right for the price he quoted, we let him finish and then smiled and thanked him for his time and got up to walk away. Mom and Katie went to go look for some other items Mom needed and I was going to head back to try to figure out some other options for the cookbook.
Just as I started to walk away a man at the self-serve copier asked me what I was trying to do. At first I didn't realize that he was even speaking to me, but when he asked a second time as I got a little closer to him I half-heartedly answered that we are putting together a cookbook. He said, "come here, I want to give you a website." He pulled a book - his book - out of his bag and showed it to me, then gave me the website he had promised. He gave me a few details and said he really thought this website could help me out. I wrote it down and thanked him and then I asked him his name. Reggie. He gave me his telephone number and told me if I have any problems at all with the site to call him and he'd walk me through it. I thanked him again and shook his hand as he gave me a knowing nod and said "God puts people right where they need to be." I smiled and walked away rubbing the goosebumps off my forearms as I went to find Mom and Katie in the store.
Reggie was right about the website too, by the way. It is going to be helpful. Very helpful. Thanks again, Reggie. And thank You, Lord, for putting him right where I needed him to be.