On Wednesday I said that I would let you know what happened at Target. Here it is.
This Tuesday night, I stopped in at Target as a break during a road trip. That’s a great place for a break– right, any ladies reading this? As I was shopping I came across a particular lady – a stranger – a couple of times. Not much interaction, maybe a smile and a few words. The next time our paths crossed in the store, somehow we struck up a conversation. And somehow I went from stranger to confidant in no time flat. She opened up to me about struggles she’s had lately. The flow of the conversation then shifted easily to God; she heard some simple words from me that she said she’d needed to hear. …And shortly afterwards our paths parted. I felt joy in being used by Him in a small way.
Now, some of you may be saying to yourselves, “What–that was it? Why did you make a big deal about this in the last post?” And you’re right. It shouldn’t be an unusual event. I didn’t tell you about this to sound like a great Christian. The point is that this was somewhat unusual for me–I often use shyness as an excuse– and happenings like this could be a daily occurance for any Christian. The truth is that usually I’m too busy or lazy to share with others.
But it did happen so easily this time. As I continued driving, I thought about why that might be. (Do you ever over-analyze things afterward? =) ) Of course, the main reason for this meeting was that it was God’s will and He orchestrated it. No question about that. Beyond that, though… my mind drifted back to earlier in the day. During my significant length of time in the car that day, I found myself listening a lot to a great CD by Daniel Kirkley. By the way, if you happen to be looking for a Christian version of Josh Groban, he’s it. But because of things like listening to him, I spent a lot of time with God. I walked, well–drove with Him through most of the trip. Sadly enough, sometimes it takes hours in a car for me to be focused on God throughout the day! By the time my car took a breather at Target, however, the overflow passed on to this woman was natural.
Wow…have you ever noticed that sometimes the simplest, most basic lessons have to be learned over and over again? As I neared home I was reminded of my second favorite passage: “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 (italics mine) When I simply show up and keep in step with God throughout the day, those “chance” meetings seem to happen so naturally. I pray that every morning I answer His invitation to join Him on the walk.
(P.S. Happy Anniversary to my parents and to Daniel and Kara.)