So Much More Than a Smile

Written By: Samantha "Addison" Stephens

February 2, 2017

So Much More Than a Smile Samantha Stephens
Crosslites Scholarship
High School

Every now and then everyone goes through a rough patch. It could be because a family member died, or they didn’t get the promotion they worked so hard for. Life is unfair, and can knock you off your feet for a period of time. I, like many others have felt this way. You think several times “Why did this have to happen to me?” However, one day you will see something that breaks you out of that self-loathing state of mind; it could be something as simple as a smile. This essay will be on Dr. Parker’s quote,” Smile to someone you don’t know…it may make their day.”
When I was in the 6th grade, I was bullied so severely that I spiraled into a deep depression. This depression didn’t last for a few days or weeks, but for 2 years. I felt so bad for myself and analyzed every aspect of why this had to happen to me. I was angry at myself, the bully, the school, and most of all: God. I was furious that He didn’t even try to intervene and make the pain stop during and after the bullying, so I stopped trusting Him. Due to the severity of the bullying, I had no choice but to move schools, and guess what? The new school was a Christian school…great. As I slowly trudged into the new school, I recall thinking “Is this some kind of joke to you God? Why am I here?” I began to boil with anger as I stepped into the hallway to my classroom. Suddenly, a short, blonde girl smiled and took my hand, introducing herself as Madison. I had never met anyone as bubbly as she was, especially at 8 o’clock on a Monday morning. She was a grade above me, and after saying “See you at lunch!” she went to a separate classroom. I stood in that spot for several moments, and I knew that this was the place I was meant to be in, all because of a bubbly stranger’s smile.
To this day, I try to smile at strangers like Madison did to me. There was no way she knew how I was feeling, but God did. He knew I needed a random act of kindness from a stranger to help me see that He was still here with me, and that He didn’t abandon me when I needed Him most. Bad situations come for a reason, but just like Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the days of evil.” Evil has a purpose, but the pain doesn’t last. It could be alleviated with something as simple as a smile from a stranger. They may not know your suffering, but God does, and He will never give you too much to handle. So next time you see a stranger, smile, it could change their life forever.