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.
Michelle says she and her husband were having a late lunch at McAllister’s Deli when she noticed a young man sitting across from them.
“What caught my attention was the words written in his tattoo on his left arm,” she wrote. “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.
Michelle said she was so touched by the tattoo, realizing that it could 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.”
Michelle discretely took a photo of the guy to show the tattoo to her husband. As they were studying the beautiful ink, a young woman sat down at the table with him. That’s when Michelle saw that the young woman had a matching tattoo on her 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!” Michelle wrote. “I was thinking, #RelationshipGoals!”
But what really melted Michelle’s heart was seeing the couple hold each other’s hands to pray before their meal.
“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.”
Michelle says her eyes were glued to this sweet couple near their table as they at their meal. She felt like God was stirring in her heart to go talk to 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!”
Michelle said she introduced herself and her husband to the young couple, and told them how happy and inspired they were watching them over lunch.
“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!”
Michelle says what touched her the most is that not only are they serving their country together, but they are also serving God together–and that’s the meaning behind their tattoos.
“I thank[ed] them for serving as a beautiful reminder of how God should always be the center of every relationship, and how selfless we should be 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!”
Michelle said it was the first time in her and her husband’s life that a stranger had offered to pray for them.
“Inside that cafe, all four of us held each others hands, bowed our heads and this 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!”
Michelle says she knows that heart 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,” she said. “God is good, and God’s love is just amazing!”
She continued, “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.