Wrote this last night….I’m at Wal-Mart trying to get a new pair of glasses. The staff has been outstanding; however my vision insurance provider has made this a challenge. We are trapped in that horrible automated phone service and cannot get a live person.
Can you imagine? Press 1 for urgent prayers, press 2 for minor illnesses, press 3 for financial needs, press * if you are thankful….
I finally gave up after 5 phone calls to the insurance company and went shopping.
Later…Now I’m in that “speedy” checkout line…you ask, ‘What speedy checkout line? I didn’t know Wal-Mart had one?’ 🙂 I was just kidding…that’s why I have time to write this!!!
The ladies in line just in front of me are getting frustrated. The cashier has been with one person for over 15 minutes. I smiled and shared with them I was taking the opportunity to write my Christian devotional blog entry on my phone…gave a small witness…we talked for a few minutes.
Did my few words have an impact on their lives? Personally I would say no, but in the scheme things I have no idea what God is up to…and my few words may have been part of His plan.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said…
What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
It is the little things like waiting in line for 20+ minutes, the frustrations with insurance or the like that allows me to see what lies within me. Did I respond with grace? Yes, thankfully, even though after being sick I was whooped! Did I find an opportunity to share my faith…yes however in a very small way.
What lies within me…the love of Christ. What lies within you?
We can choose how we react to our circumstances…now I am not saying I am perfect. In fact, once I got in the car, I called my girl friend and whined how long I was there and how tired I was…but she is a safe place to express myself. We all need that…but in the public eye…no matter how tired and frustrated I was, I showed His grace. I pray the next time I am in a frustrating situation that my response is similar.
You may not feel that was a big deal…a line in Wal-Mart and the glasses staff…but I believe it is when we find ourselves in those small exasperating situations that we reveal to others and to ourselves who we are and who lies within us.