I was in T.J. Max this afternoon, getting a new workout top, with the hope that it will motivate me to get up and exercise more often.  As I shopped around the store – I kid you not, –I was surrounded by women on their cell phone.  Surrounded, I tell you! Several of them were discussing things that were none of my business and pretty personal.


Now, I know you are not going to believe this, but I was not on my phone.  Typically, I  try to finish my conversations before I leave the car.  As much as I put out there on Facebook, and this blog, there are still many things that are private for me, and I’d like them to stay that way.  You know?


But just for a moment, I stood in the back corner of the store and just watched and listened.  Women going from rack to rack, talking on their cells, and digging through clothing.  One woman at the counter, on her phone, and arguing with the clerk about returning clothing without a receipt.


This behavior was not limited to the women, I saw men doing the same thing!  Do not even try to tell me that men are not conservationist,  because I see them  and they are on their phone talking to someone!  And, there are always the people who have the hidden ear piece, who are talking  loudly, and appear  to be talking to themselves, – giving the appearance of someone who is in desperate need of medication!


But for just a moment, I stood in the back of the room and observed the scene.  All these people talking – at the same time, and God knows every word they are saying.  He knows what they are looking for, whether or not it will satisfy, or if it is necessary, and He know the greatest desire of their heart.


In that moment, I am overwhelmed by the job of God.   I am overwhelmed that he deems each person in this store precious, valuable and worth dying to save. Now multiply that by a gazillion, for all the people past, present and future – and my mind staggers-drunk, on the information and people that God holds in his heart.


Looking around the store once more, I wonder if they know how much God loves them?  I wonder if there is anyone who is not saved? Or if there is a woman, who needs another woman, to hold her up during a difficult time of life.


With all of these thoughts in my mind, I walk over to the cashier.  She takes my purchase without looking at me and declares a total.  I pause, for just a moment, long enough for her to look up at me to see if I am going to pay.  And, it is that moment, that I smile at her, and ask her how she is doing.  She gives a cookie cutter “I’m fine, thank you”.


But, now her face has softened a little, and the corners of her mouth seem to turn up…just a little.  It is in that moment, when there are few words, that a smile shared can touch the  heart of a stranger.


Are you living in the moment?  Do you have a moment to share?  What do you think might happen, if you stepped back, and allowed God to show you A Moment?

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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