Heed Don’t Plead

On the spur of the moment, my mom and I decided to go grocery shopping.  Now, this was very odd as we normally don’t visit this particular store nor do we shop without planning to use coupons.  However, this trip was completely spontaneous.  Little did we know that God had something up His sleeve.

Before we left, I checked the grocery store’s website.  Not understanding why, I looked through the locations even though we knew where we were going.  So, I briefly scanned the listings, took a quick mental note, and off we went.

Upon arriving, we noticed that our location had been closed.  A little inconvenient, but thanks to God, I knew where to head next.  Now, in my mind, I was thanking God for helping me this morning when I didn’t even know I needed help.  But, here again, God had a bigger plan.

Broken CarAs we headed towards the other location, I noticed a distressed vehicle on the other side of the street.  It was literally in the middle of the road with cars flying past it.  At first, I didn’t think much about it because there was so much traffic, I thought surely someone would stop to help.  So, I kept driving.

Two blocks down, I became deeply troubled.  I just knew that I should turn around but I kept talking myself out of it. Then, I started pleading my case with God.  I reminded Him that I was heading in the opposite direction, there were more than enough cars on the other side of the street, we had already been inconvenienced, and I was wearing slip-on shoes with no traction.  However, the more I pleaded, the worse I felt.  So, I decided to quit fighting and make a u-turn.

As we came up to the distressed vehicle, I quickly realized that only one person had stopped and all the rest of the cars were racing past them.  So now, they weren’t just struggling to move the vehicle, they were fighting the traffic as well.  I hopped out of the car while mom slid into the driver’s seat.  She was doing everything in her power to stop the traffic and wave for help.  But, no one stopped.  They just kept racing by.  It was like they were oblivious to anything around them.

With the young driver trying to steer, the gentleman and I started huffing and puffing.  We were doing everything in our power to get this vehicle to move.  It was so much heavier than we thought and it didn’t want to budge.

Just then, a huge truck came behind us.  Seeing what we were trying to do, he helped mom block the traffic as we needed to go over two lanes to get the vehicle off the road.  With the shoes that I was wearing, I should have been kissing the pavement.  However, just the opposite happened.  At that exact moment we attempted to push again, it was like a legion of angels were holding us up and giving us strength of thousands.  Quite simply, it was a miracle.  Heading over two lanes, we were able to get the SUV into safety, we all waved and went on our merry ol’ way.

Angel

Feeling unspeakable joy, mom and I thanked God the whole way to the grocery store.  We knew that it was His mighty power and strength helping everyone involved and placing us all strategically to complete our part in it.

As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

What happened next, really threw us for another loop.  God wasn’t done yet!

As we walked through the store, we noticed that everyone was being touched by God.  People were helping each other.  People were smiling without understanding why.  You could see it on their faces.  God’s presence was filling the entire store!  Then, we started noticing that the prices were even lower than we expected and there were many in-store sales going on that we weren’t even aware of.  The sales were so incredible that we ended up walking out of the store with over $200 worth of groceries for only $74 and with no coupons.  We were shocked, we were amazed, and we kept asking how was it possible.  It didn’t make sense to our calculations but the proof was on the receipt. We were overwhelmed by God’s goodness.

So, the next time you feel God tugging your heart, HEED AND DON’T PLEAD!  With one small act of kindness, God touched many hearts that day.  His glory shined so brightly that the love and blessings were undeniable.  For you never know when God can turn your most inconvenient moments into the most amazing blessings!

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