When Michelle Torino-Barcelos and her husband went to lunch on Sunday, they never expected to encounter God. At least not in the way that they did.
In a beautiful game of people-watching, Michelle recalls her intrigue of a man, and later his wife, their tattoos and their actions. She took to Facebook to tell about the experience:
Allow me to share with y’all this beautiful story that happened today.❤️ My husband and I were having our late lunch at McAllister’s Deli when I noticed a guy seated on our opposite side of the table waiting for his food. What caught my attention was the words written in his tattoo on his left arm. It says, “Together we serve” with a cross sign before it. I told my husband to discretely look at his tattoo, and see how beautiful its meaning is. I told my husband, it can have double meanings. The word “we” may mean as we, as a whole serving God, or “we” can also mean him, together with his other half; it can be his girlfriend or his wife. That i am not so sure of..
To my delight, I discretely took a photo of the guy and showed his tattoo to my husband.? After a couple of minutes, a lady sat in front of him and i whispered to my husband : “Hey hon, they both have the same tattoo on their left arm!”❤️ I thought it was like the sweetest thing ever that I saw from a couple, having that same kind of tattoo written on their arms! I was thinking, #RelationshipGoals! ?❤️But my heart melted more when they started holding each others hands as they pray before they eat! I was like blown away! Not only by seeing how sweet they were but by just simply being bold enough in professing their faith even in public. And for me, that is really what a relationship goal must be!☺️ I regret I wasn’t able to capture that beautiful moment in my camera phone! That must be the sweetest thing!?
As we were enjoying our meal, my eyes were still glued at this couple near our table. And at that very moment, I felt that God is trying to tell me something. So I told my husband, that as soon as we finished eating, i would love to come to the couple and approach them. Just to say that we were blessed and inspired by just looking at them, their tattoo, and their faith and love for God. And I did! I excused myself and introduce myself and my husband to them, and just tell them how happy and inspired we are looking at them.. And we found out that they just got married a couple of months ago and that they are actually both working for the United States Army! In my heart, not only that they want to serve their country together, they also want to serve God together, and that is what their tattoo really means. And that is the best #RelationshipGoal ever!? I thank them that they serve as a beautiful reminder of how God should always be the center of every relationship, and how selfless we should be on together, serving God.?????
The couple was overwhelmed as they did not realize the impact of what their tattoos and their actions of faith depicted towards us. They even asked us if they could pray for us!?❤️ For the first time in our entire lives, never did we experienced strangers praying for us! Inside that cafe, all four of us held each others hands, bowed our heads as these beautiful couple from the US army prayed for me and my husband! They prayed that we may always be blessed, and that we may continue to be a blessing to everyone else, and that may our love for God prosper and grow just as how God’s love and grace overflows in our lives. How amazing that moment is!❤️❤️❤️ I know that that moment was never an accident, God brought us together there for a reason. God always has His special way of reminding us of His great love for us. For the past few days, I was praying to God for wisdom, as I am in the midst of writing a book, a compilation of inspirational short stories that hopes to touch other people’s lives to encourage, uplift, inspire, and just share God’s unfailing love for us.. and now God is like showering me a lot of good people, good thoughts, that I can write into a beautiful story of love, faith and hope!
God is good, and God’s love is just amazing! And just like the line of the song we’ve heard from the church this morning, it says “Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out of me..” That is exactly how we feel right after that encounter with the lovely couple from the army.❤️ We asked for their names, but both my husband and I were too focused and overwhelmed listening to them that we forgot their names after!? May God always bless and protect them, and may their lives always be a blessing too as they serve God and their country together..?❤️ And together as one, Let us serve GOD!!????❤️
Michelle’s excitement is a beautiful testimony to the love she witnessed—both that of the couple and that of God. It’s so crazy to see the incredible ways God can use a “normal” lunch to show people who He is.