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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