By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Yesterday was "Happy Banana's Day".
At least that's what I called it, and how I greeted the folks that came for the extra unexpected "banana" supplies provided those who ventured out to the Nordstrom-Johnson Building at the Sioux Falls Fairgrounds.
One lovely gal, in particular, caught my attention.
She wore a beautifully unique name (one I'd never heard), as different as my own, impossible for a "word person" like myself to not be captivated by.
Her name rhymed with Chiquita ... and since Chiquita banana boxes decorated the building it was impossible for me to translate this a mere coincidence.
God has His way in "words" with me and this was a very precious happening.
But I'm "betting on bananas", that God is going to intersect me with "this" particular woman again in a mighty, mysterious, and meaningful way, and in-between now and then I am to earnestly pray for my beautiful new "banana" friend.
One thing I know;
when I see her, I'll remember her by name,
 and this may turn to be a very meaningful and significant act.
We just never know ... but God does.
Impacting encounters with "strangers" are only one banana and individual away.
We simply need to pay attention,
be on alert,
and participate in loving others spontaneously, creatively, and openly.
It's a beautiful way to live and love the Lord.
For today's "Chiquitas,"
and places God leads us ...
 we give Him thanks.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me."
Matthew 25:40