Over the past few months, one of our family friends has been viciously attacked by another business owner. Our family friend is an 83 year old business woman who has worked extremely hard all her life. After the loss of her husband, she worked even harder. She loves her business and her customers; striving to give them a wonderful experience each and every time. Unfortunately, the gentleman she rents her shop from has no respect for woman in general. He believes that all women are beneath him and are not worthy of his time. He feels it is alright to yell, scream and belittle people just because he owns the building. No one is safe under his roof and confrontations is the norm.
A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to our friend’s shop to help her rearrange the shelves and give the shop a new feel. The energy in the shop had become quite stagnant because of the discontentment the building owner had created. So we worked all weekend, moving and organizing things to help our friend get some pep back in her step. It was fantastic. All three of us were laughing, singing, and just having a good ol’ time during the process. Our friend started feeling vibrant again. She was overwhelmed that we would take so much time to help her so we just kept singing “because your worth it” all day.
Before we left the building, we prayed that God would open up new opportunities and bless her place of business with a newness and vibrancy that she desperately needed. At the very end of the prayer, we prayed and agreed that when two or more agree, it will be done.
Matthew 18:19: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. that when two or more agree, it will be done.
Little did we know what God had planned.
Over the course of the next two weeks, the building owner started arguing with his security guard and other business owners who rented space in his building. He became more vicious in his verbal attacks. He found himself under some death threats and lawsuits. It started a landslide of events. The building owner became more and more on edge. His stomach started giving him difficulties. And many shop owners are having to make decisions if they too should leave this ruthless building owner. But all of this still wasn’t going to make the building owner back down. He ended up arguing, lying, and doing everything he could to get some of his renters to sell their businesses to him. It truly was an ugly sight.
Our family friend decided enough was enough. She didn’t want to leave her business but knew she couldn’t go on under these circumstances. My mom went over to the shop to help our friend take inventory and help start getting things ready to move. Unbeknownst to my mom, she had walked into the devil’s lair and a battle for our friend’s livelihood. The building owner was determined to make our friend sell to him. After hours of having to battle this man’s disgusting display of temper tantrums, our friend decided to sell right on the spot. Unfortunately, the building owner kept all the funds for supposedly lack of rent payments. So now our friend was not only out of business, she was out of inventory and funds too.
Now you might be wondering what the good news is in this story. Well that’s the best part. As God tells us in Romans 12:18-20:
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”
So what happened…GOD IS WHAT HAPPENED! All of a sudden, our friend was being visited by another business owner who heard about what happened. He offered her a management position in his business doing what she loves to do. He personally took her to fill out all the paper work, paid for all the fees, provided part of her paycheck upfront (so she had funds) and took her to meet his team. He put his arm around her and told the team, she is your new manager and we are going to take good care of her.
No matter what you face today and no matter who is coming after you, don’t lose heart. If God can completely change the course of an 83 year old woman’s journey…what do you think he can do for you? My answer…GIVE IT TO GOD AND SEE HIS MIGHTY HAND UPON YOUR LIFE! For there is absolutely nothing too hard for our Lord Almighty! He will put the right people, at the right time with the right opportunity in your life, unexpectedly!
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