So the first story that I felt I needed to share was not about how God came through for me, but how God used me to come through for someone else. I was wondering why He wanted me to start my story telling in such a way when He responded to me that “Learning to listen to my still small voice is what it is all about.”
Listening to God’s voice takes practice. The more that we think we hear Him and respond by doing what He is calling us to do, the easier it gets to distinguish His voice from the noise of the worlds, or even our own thoughts.
So I share this story not because of what I did, but because of what I learned…
Once about 7 years or so ago, when I was working at J.C.Penny (oops can I say that) …when I was working at a major retail outlet (btw they are awesome to work for), I was approached by a little old lady. Now when I say “little old lady” I mean a very, very small woman (made smaller by the fact that she was hunched over holding a cane) who was not long for this world.
Anyways, she came up to me wanting to know the final price of a shirt for sale. I was about to send her over to the cash register when God told me “you do it.” So I grabbed the shirt (actually it was more of a long-sleeved comfort shirt) and found out that it was not marked off anymore then the tag price.
When I returned and told her she said, “Oh darn, I can’t afford it then.” She looked so sad that my heart broke for her.
I returned the shirt to the rack and told a co-worker about it saying, “How sad. I wish I could do something.”
God responded instantly in that still small voice “You can.”
“How I am working?” I asked…not keep in mind this convo was going on with no spoken words. Which is a good thing or I would have looked a lot more kooky than I already am.
“You are going to be off in a half an hour for lunch. Tell her to meet you here and you will buy it for her.”
“But she is gone by now. I will never find her in this packed mall.”
“You remember how slow she walked right? You know she hasn’t made it out of the store yet.”
“But I have no money. How can I pay for it?”
Note that often when God speaks to us we have a list of excuses why we can’t do what He is calling us to do.
“You just got a J.C. Penny credit card remember. Use that and I will make sure you have the money to pay the bill when it comes.”
Right then and there I had a decision to make. I could think of a million more excuses, until it really was too late to do anything. Or I could TRUST GOD and do what He called me to do.
I am so very glad that I listened to him. Because the result brought me to tears.
It did not take me long to find the woman and I told her my plan. She was a little late meeting me (I almost gave up and went to eat my lunch…I am glad I didn’t).
I bought her the shirt and she gave me a hug that seemed to last a lifetime. Then she, with tears streaming down her face, did something I will never forget.
She looked down, grabbed her worn shirt that she was wearing and said with joy, “Now I can finally change out of this old thing.”
I will leave you to decide what that meant, but it left me breathless.
Trusting God means to be his hands and feet in a world that sorely needs them.
P.S. that credit card did indeed get paid. Yet the amount spent cannot compare to the lesson I learned.
What an honor it is that God allowed me the privilege of such an experience.