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It’s amazing how difficult it is to find time to write on my blog. I’m not complaining, mind you, it’s just crazy how busy life is with little ones. I had to take the time today, though, because I can’t help but brag on my Father.

I had to run to the grocery store today to get a few things. I had $100.00 exactly to spend. I did have an extra $20 in my pocket that my hubby had given me to buy something for myself. He’s sweet that way. ;-) I did my best to add everything in my head as I shopped, but I often found myself wondering if the total was correct.  I tend to daydream while shopping.  I was running a bit late and sent a quick prayer up that I would have enough money.

I walked up to the checkout line hoping to get through quickly. Why I ever hope for this I will never know. It seems to never fail that something happens. Usually the customers in front of me have 4 million coupons, can’t find their debit card, or they want things bagged a certain way. This time the lady didn’t have enough cash. She was pulling things out of the 2 little bags that she had and asking the cashier to take them off. The cashier acted put out. I have to admit I had a desire to slap the cashier. It’s not like we all haven’t been in that situation. So I began to pray. I told the Lord if I had a lot of money I would just pay for the lady’s groceries. He seemed to nudge me and say, “I will supply your need.” Again I repeated that IF I had a lot of money I would help this dear lady out. I thought possibly He hadn’t heard me the first time. Again He said, “I will supply.”  I just shook my head and took a deep breath. I sometimes have issues with trust. So I leaned in and told the cashier I would pay the difference. I thought her teeth were going to fall out. The customer that was in between me and the distraught woman turned to me with a scowl and a look of disbelief. I just smiled…and swallowed real hard. The cashier asked if I was sure. I nodded that I was. So she relayed the message. The woman I was trying to help almost burst into tears. She thanked me over and over again. I told her it was no big deal and we’ve all been in her shoes.  The nosey cashier noticed that the woman had some cash hanging out of her purse and pointed it out to the woman.  The poor lady tried to explain that she needed that $5.00 to put gas in her car to get home to her sick daughter. The cashier just shook her head. I wanted to ask her if she was a CPA why in the world was she working at Meijer, but I kept my mouth shut. Anyway, everything got paid and the lady went on her way.

The next customer in line was getting rung up and she looked at me…no longer with a scowl, and said, “You have renewed my faith in mankind!” The cashier then asked her how she was doing and she stated, “GOOD NOW!” She couldn’t wipe the smile off of her face. I told her that the Lord had been so good to me that I just wanted to share His goodness with others.  Again she smiled.

Then it was my turn. I knew now all I had left was the $100.00. I’m not going to lie…I was nervous.  I really didn’t think I had added correctly. The cashier proceeded to tell me her life troubles.  I was truly trying to listen but I was so nervous I had a hard time concentrating.  When she rang the last item up she sort of giggled and said, “Wow, you don’t see that very often.” I looked up to see that the total was $100.00 even. SERIOUSLY!?!?!?!  I just started to laugh. I told the cashier that all I had was $100.00 and wasn’t God good!  She seemed to get quite upset and asked me why on earth would I help a stranger if I knew I didn’t have deep pockets? I said, “Because my heavenly Father DOES have deep pockets and He never ceases to take care of me.”


But wait…there’s more!!!!!!

As soon as I had said that to her, the coupon dispenser started spitting out coupons like there was no tomorrow.  The cashier looked at me, looked at the long roll of coupons, looked up (I’m assuming she was wondering if she could see God at that moment), and then asked me if I used coupons.  I said I sure did. She handed them to me and I couldn’t wait to see the total. Yep, you guessed it. The total of the coupons was exactly double what I had given the lady AND it was all items that my family uses.

Isn’t God amazingly good to us? I can just picture Him sitting on the edge of His throne. With a twinkle in His eye He probably elbowed His Son and said, “I can’t wait to see her face when she sees that total!”

I love Him so much and I can’t wait to see how He will surprise me next with His never-ending goodness!

3 comments:

CapturingHishandiwork said...

God is good! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Kelly Schmeltzer said...

All I can say is, Wow. I'm so glad I happened upon this post even months "late". It is so trust-renewing to read of God's faithfulness, and miracles in "ordinary" things. Thank you.

Esther said...

That's awesome, Hannah! I love it when God does that! :) Thanks for sharing.