Friday, March 4, 2016

THE SHORTEST LINE


It happens every time.  You get in the shortest line at the grocery store.  Stack everything from your cart on the counter.  You have one lady in front of you with a few items, and the man checking out!!

But the man checking out has a problem.  First he forgets something when she is in the middle of checking his groceries, so he squeezes by me and the gal in front of me and runs to find something he's forgot.   He gets back with his item, and she continues to ring him up.  She notices a expired date on his milk so sends him for another.  He comes back with the wrong size.  (I'm not kidding) Another trip to the milk section (at the back of the store) and returns with the correct size.

I notice the young lady in front of me is being very patient, but almost looks like she's going to cry.  I put my hand on her shoulder, and smile with "Patient is a Virtue" but you look like you day isn't going very well".  She said "I'm on my way to the hospital to pick up my mom who had gallbladder surgery yesterday, and I can't reach her to say I'm late."  

While the clerk was checking her items, I had a chance to tell her I had the same surgery in 2011 and her mom is going to feel so much better now.  Shared a couple of tips I found helpful after my surgery.  Told her I'd pray for her mom, and she left with a smile.

Funny, last Sunday I share about choices...seeing mud or stars.  I'm glad both me and the gal in front of me made the choice to see the stars.

21 comments:

  1. Well, this is just perfect! :) Not the comically slow line in front of you but how it turned out for good! Stars for sure....love the positive spin on it all...it's the best way to live, I think!

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    1. It made a ordinary shopping trip a blessing.

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  2. She was meant to be in line with you with the slowpoke in front of both of you. lol God knows what He is doing! xo Diana

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    1. Isn't that the truth, every day.... God is the blessed controller of all things.

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  3. I always find myself wondering what God is up to when things start going "wrong". His ways are different than ours.
    :0)

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    1. His plan is always the best, I just have to "see" it more and more.

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  4. Amen...Dave's mantra is "Everybody Matters", he always goes out of his way to say something nice to anyone he meets. I try to do it too but fail more than he does.
    Love your post.
    We just got home from CostCo and I am pooped. Still not feeling tip top so this took every ounce of energy I had. Needed to stock up on things for Mexico and for Dave while I'm gone.
    Finally getting some dribbles of rain. Hope it's a lot more. Love ya
    Sue

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    1. I notice that about Dave every time we are together with you guys. He's a sweetheart.
      I hope you get completely well and rested before your Mexico trip.
      No rain here...but some clouds.

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  5. Yet another inspiring post Wanda! So glad you helped the poor girl feel better in your wisdom.

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    1. Thanks Christine...You never know what opportunity will come your way when you leave your house. I'm glad this had a good ending for both of us.

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  6. What an awesome post -pure act of kindness -Fruit of the Spirit !!!!I'm focusing on how I can improve on patience & self control(anxiety for sure at the grocery store line-always running at a fast pace ) I need to slow down -Patience/calmness (Peace)....my task every week I ask... Who can I bless by giving-comfort-love or help. What a blessing you are to share such comfort to that girl ;) I'm sure it touched her heart too ! One thing I have learned (it was hard because sometimes my heart gets broken/sadden) Giving without anything in return ...I would get sad when I would do soooo much for friends /family and sometime get no appreciation or thanks ...yes it breaks my heart but I'm learning to be more like Jesus , and love,give, comfort, help anyways...he loved us unconditionally he just wants our heart .... funny how those friends just disappear when difficulty has struck me ...however Jesus never left ...how I am amazed when I want to bless someone God sends me a total stranger that blesses me ;) I was walking in the park collecting my thoughts and a total stranger, elderly woman approached me she was sitting on an Adirondack Chair looking over a pond ...she said "Come sit with me " so I go sit with her (her name was Renaud) funny how without telling her anything about me she had everything to say to me that I needed to hear !!!! She comfort me with wisdom and I will never forget it , another time I was praying in the church chapel alone and another elderly woman approached me(I call her the Prayer Lady) and asked if she can add me to her prayer text list and everyday she sends me scriptures ...those texts everyday are a blessing to me !!! This is how God works !!! I in awe how he uses people !

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    1. Patti ~ Thank you so much for sharing you story. It's so very true that many times out acts of kindness are not returned, or if they are God uses someone we don't even know, like in your case with two lovely older women.
      Your are growing in your faith as you are willing to show Christ's love, even when you get nothing in return. One of the things Paul tells us in the book of Titus...Older women are to come along side younger women to encourage and teach them.... I see that happening in your experience. Love and Hugs

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  7. How kind of you to take the time to comfort others.

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    1. Comfort is a precious thing, and we all need it from time to time, don't we. Have a great day.

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  8. No coincidences. You were supposed to be there for her. Modeling patience and giving encouragement.

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    1. My feelings exactly....Divine appointments... I try not to miss them, but sure I've missed plenty. Blessings.

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  9. Wanda, You are the sweetest. I think I need to tell you this. My brother Mark passed away last year on the 28th of Feb. While he was in a coma, I had a dream of you...you hugged me in my dream and it helped me so much. Now I can't begin to explain why I dreamed of you...I only know you from your blog. But I knew you and your husband have worked with the church...so maybe that is why. You know that old saying...God works in mysterious ways. You help people when you don't even know about it. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Susie, I tell you I'm in tears, as I was ready to phase out of my blog...I get weary of trying to write interesting post, and think people get tire of my "food and cooking" posts. But as I was praying about what I should do...I had the experience yesterday at the grocery store, as you can see, you and several others have felt ministry from this. So my dear Susie, to think God put me in your dream is truly amazing and touching....Your words are affirmation that I will continue to share my life and faith on the blog. I love you!!!

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  10. I bet she was so comforted by your words and presence. How wonderful that you were able to shape her mood differently. Blessings.

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    1. I love divine appointments. It help shape my mood for the rest of the day too.
      Love and hugs dear friend.

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  11. That is such a wonderful real life stroy of how when God works all things to the good...or finding the silver lining. I'm sure you were used for that moment to be the one behind this lady to share those words with her. Talk about calming her anxious heart! Don't you jsut love that?

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