Paquita Williams works on the New York City subway as a conductor. She jokes that when you work on the subway, you expect breakdowns.
It’s as inevitable as eggs in a cake.
Williams tells the story of a breakdown one morning. It was 8 AM on September 13, 2013, so of course, the train was crowded with people on their way to work. And it was also Friday the 13th.
What a day for a breakdown!
During the two hours the train was stalled on the tracks and the power was out, Williams did what she does best in tough situations. She walked the aisles of the train and comforted people who were stressed. She told one person, “At least we’re alive. Some people didn’t wake up this morning. The power might be out for us, but those people would love to be on this train.”
Did some people blame her? She was the face of the subway system, so yes. However, that didn’t stop Williams from being kind.
Williams says she likes to tell people, “If you need me to hold your hand, I’m there.”
Paquita Williams couldn’t change the events taking place that morning, but she could help those on her train to make the best of them.
Romans 5:13 says:
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
We sometimes want God to remove the problem. Sometimes he replies instead, “If you need me to hold your hand, I’m there.”
Let’s reach out to him. He is the master of every situation, and in him, we need have no fear.
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