Have you ever had one of those moments when you felt a prompting and questioned whether it was of the Holy Spirit or not?
I remember a situation a couple of years ago in which an acquaintance was going through a separation and she was worried because she had no money for Christmas for her two kids. That year we had enough and the thought had crossed my mind to give her two hundred dollars. I stewed over it, thought about mentioning it to Joe, but was almost fearful-I had no reason to be fearful with Joe about this. In the End, I didn't act on it. When I did finally share with my husband what my thoughts had been (after that holiday season) he shared that he had had the same thoughts. So we both have regretted what had to be the Holy Spirit speaking to us that season. Still regretting it.
So as I sit here now typing this while my patients sleep, please know that I am in no way "tooting my horn" but I have to share what I did last night on the way into work because it was so cool!!
I was in the drive through of Chick-fil-A treating myself to one of those delicious lemonades. I knew I was going to need that sugar for energy at work tonight. I noticed the women in the van behind me was frantically looking for something after she had placed her order. She even got on her cell phone. As we inched forward I kept watching her dig around the seats. There is no way to exit this line once you are in and the though came to me.. "What if she cannot find her wallet?" Well you know what thought came next.... "Pay for her order". O dear. Here we go again. Do I? Don't I? Money has been tight but it's not right now.
So what do you think I did?
Well, I didn't do it completely right. I was so nervous, almost giddy inside. I asked the cashier how much the order was for the car behind me (here's where I did it wrong-I shouldn't have asked but just walked in faith but I had seen those advertised signs for their party trays). The cashier look at me strangely and I told what I had been observing and what I was thinking about doing. You should have seen her face. It broke into such a sweet smile. "$17.68". I handed her my debit card and said I will cover her order "just in case" (second error-I should have said, tell her it's a gift from God").
I wish I would have seen that women's expression. I wish I knew her story if there was one. She is probably a young mother, looked to be in her late 20's. I wish I knew if it was indeed a blessing. I noticed two kids meals on the receipt. Is she a single mom? Did she use it as a teachable moment? Will she pay it forward? I know it felt really good on my end.
Then I had to call me husband. Grief. He worries about our finances. Should I? Shouldn't I? Well of course I did! He was absolutely fine with it!
So here is the deal in sharing this my friends. I have been encouraging you in my previous post to look and accept the uncertainties we face in life. Now I want to encourage you this week to look for that moment in which you can make the most of a God-ordained opportunity (Eph. 5:15-17). I encourage you to act out in faith this week (and be blessed!!). And if you do so-please come back and share it.