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.
“Allow me to share with y’all this beautiful story that happened today,” she wrote on Facebook.
Michelle and her husband were having a late afternoon lunch at McAllister’s Deli when she found herself in a beautiful game of people-watching.
“I noticed a guy seated on our opposite side of the table waiting for his food,” Michelle writes, explaining that it was the gentleman’s tattoo that caught her attention.
Scribed on his left arm were the words, “Together We Serve,” with a cross beside it.
Blown away by the simple beauty of those words, Michelle excitedly told her husband to discreetly have a look, then started on a rabbit trail of her own mind, trying to figure out the meaning.
“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.”
She didn’t have to brainstorm for long. To Michelle’s delight, a beautiful woman soon joined him at the table. Michelle was quick to update her husband after seeing that this girl ALSO had a “Together We Serve” tattoo on her 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 what really melted Michelle’s heart, and created a real connection between her and the strangers sitting just tables away from her, was when the couple grabbed each other’s hands and prayed.
“ 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!”
As the couple enjoyed their meal, Michelle says her eyes were still glued to them. In awe of the love they radiated for both each other and their savior, Michelle felt God trying to tell her something. She decided to approach them.