Monday, June 22, 2009

Seeing God in Sunglasses


My Monday was crazy busy, and I had tons of errands to run. I started out at the gym and it was downhill after that. While driving into town, I realized that I had forgotten my sunglasses. After squinting for 30 minutes, I developed a headache so I decided to drop by the grocery store to buy some advil - and some sunglasses!

I spent a few minutes picking out my new shades and a cute carrying case, as well as a water bottle and some advil for my headache.

I boldly approached the express checkout line because I only had four items to purchase. Unfortunately, as the clerk began ringing up my order the carrying case didn't ring up. After several tries the clerk called the manager over to go and get the price off of the shelf.

There I was, holding up the entire express lane. It was close to lunch time and the line was growing behind me. I felt as if everyone was starring at me with frustration for holding them up! I was sure I could actually hear the seconds as they ticked by saying, "You're holding EVERYONE up!"

In a desperate effort to distract the lady behind me (and my overactive imagination) I looked at the items placed on the belt by the lady in line behind me. Interestingly, she was buying 10 identical packs of frozen baby lima beans.

Trying to be witty, I said, "I'll bet I can guess what your favorite vegetable is." *smile*

This opened up the floodgates and she proceeded to tell me that her son had such severe food allergies that this was one of the only foods he could eat. She said that whenever she sees them in the store, she buys up all of them.

Now the check out clerk chimed in to tell her that if she talked to the manager, he could order the lima beans by the case for her to pick up at a discount! What a hidden treasure!

I was embarrassed that I had felt uncomfortable about the price check when God clearly needed to help this lady find a small break in her life. I rejoiced with her that God was good.

Then, after the longest five minutes of my life, the manager returned to say that there were NO price's on any of the carrying cases and to just give them to me for FREE! WOOOHOOO!

Suddenly, I forgot that I had caused a serious backup in the express line, and I left with a smile on my face. It's great to find God in the everyday events in our lives. Now to just learn to trust Him in every situation. Hmmm, I believe there is a scripture about this:

1Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) Ggive thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.


Chatty Kelly said...

What a blessing you were to that lady...and a free sunglass case for you. Wooo indeed!!!

Your future's so bright you gotta wear shades! (that's from a song.)

Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Girl,
I loved this!
So often we miss the opportunities God sets before us when He slows us down. You didn't miss it. So I am thankful for your eyes that see ans your ears that hear what God is saying and doing among His people.
Bless you my friend!

Greg C said...

What an awesome story. You never know when you will get an opportunity to help someone else out. God gives us those opportunities every day but some people are so busy complaining that they don't see them. Way to go.

Sara Williams said...

Yet more proof of the pollyanna syndrome.... good always comes from bad. Also, God does work in mysterious ways x

Warren Baldwin said...

I believe we can see God in the little events of the day. You have seen him here, esp in the story of the lady and the lima beans. What a blessing that delay was for her, and in return, for you. Good post.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

It's nice when something good happens when you least expect it.

Many blessings,

Cheryl Barker said...

Wow -- free sunglasses plus seeing God in the midst of an uncomfortable situation! I'm like you -- I love noticing God in the everyday stuff. He's with us in it all, isn't He?

Edie said...

Oh I love this Sonya! I love how God used you to bless that lady. I bet she didn't mind the wait after that either.

I have been asking God each morning to let me see Him working in my life each day and to help me trust Him in my own circumstances.

He is so good!

From the Heart said...

Just stopped by to say Hello and let you know that I will be joining the Thankful Thursday meme. Your blog is very impressive and I know that I should be more thankful.
This is a great way to do that.

A great testimony to be able to help someone else in your uncomfortable position.
From my heart to yours,

Bonita said...

Definitely a God appointment!

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful story...I just want to share...
The laborer is worthy of his reward.- 1 Timothy v. 18.
God Bless