A friend from MCC sent me this story as soon as it happened. I asked permission and erased the names. Pumps me up!
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27
On with the story . . .
Well – typical day today – go to work – run from meeting to meeting with my hair on fire – can’t get home in time to take my son to his first all-star football practice all the way on the other side of town – get there introduce myself to the coach – apologize for my son being late – off to run errands from there – stop at the IGA on Locust street – clearly on the other side of the tracks – I feel something pulling me inside – not sure how, why or what for – walk around – grab something from their deli – think nothing of it – grab a soda – not even a second thought of how to pay for it – get to the register – I get rung up – debit card and done – start for the door – out of the corner of my eye – a woman on her cell phone – two teenage kids standing in the line – kids heads done – mother tearing up – I know what’s happening – checkout lady patiently waiting – no, actually clearly frustrated and angry she has someone in line that is not moving through like everyone else – I wait at the door – standing there silently – hesitating multiple times – do I do something – can I do something – surely with her being on the phone with her bank, the money will get transferred – I can go on with my life – do I trust him ….. I am willing to step out to help after God clearly put her and her kids in my path – should I do something – anything – how much is it – 30, 50, 70 dollars – do I trust him ….. – I look at the register – 120 dollars – tears roll down her face – she leaves the store in total embarrassment – humiliated – scared – I can’t leave – I stand there for another 10 seconds – I’m being tested – am I his hands and feet – can I be the best thing to happen to this struggling single mother of two – WWJD – I did it – after driving by beggars on the corner countless times – after not praying for those whom I know need my prayers – God placed this single women in the path and has asked, do you trust me – I answer, I do Lord – I do – I approach the checkout clerk at the counter and tell her I will pay for it – she looks at me in amazement and somewhat irritated – asks if I realize its 120 dollars – 100, 120, 200, 250 – what would have been too much at this point – could my own family go a week without buying groceries – we could live off of our pantry alone for a week – this is a lesson for me and my family – I go outside tell the woman I am going to buy her groceries – already sobbing, she bursts out crying – she says no – its too much – I told her I was going to do it – I go back inside – the clerk (to my amusement) has to ring everything back up – not sure why this is funny at the time but it just was – work with me – I check out – take out an extra 20 for her to fill up her gas tank – I walk out to greet her – her teenage kids totally in disbelief at this point – I take them to her van – load them into their vehicle – provide her with 20 to fill up her van – she is at passing out point – she asks me how she can repay me – I tell her there is nothing she could do – I gave her a much needed hug in between her catching her breath during continued crying – I told her to have a good day – I told her I would pray for her – she asked again, there has to be something I could do to pay her back – I told her yes – yes there was something she could do – I asked her to come to Maryland Community Church on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. – wrote directions – and told her it would change her life – I told her to promise me she would go – she told me she absolutely would be there.
Thank you God for the opportunity to serve in your name – thank you for the opportunity to provide another life lesson to my children on what it means to be God’s hands and feet.