Twice this week I set off running errands like I was being chased by a herd of angry elephants. You know how it is the first week of school.
Both times God put another believer between me and the all-important check out line. Those divine appointments served to slow me down and redirect my focus toward my Savior.
Before I began my shopping I actually thought, “I sure hope I don’t bump into anybody I know. I’m too rushed right now.” Do you think that way too sometimes? After I ran into my friends I was reminded that God always has better plans for my time than I do.
What I walked away with after my two impromptu worship sessions was far more valuable than anything the cashier could ring up.
- I heard how my Lord is equipping my friend to lovingly come alongside a new believer to answer questions and provide support.
- I was reminded of the power of the Word to redirect and guide in ways human wisdom never can.
- The example of radiant contentment in another friend made my heart smile just by being in her presence.
- A friend reminded me of the brevity of childhood and the inestimable value of a life spent discipling children.
I bumped into two different women who were both balancing very busy schedules of their own. Both “bumps” spilled out truth, encouragement, and love for their Savior.
This week I’m taking the example of my two friends as a personal challenge. My tendency is to respond with whiny complaints when people ask me how I’m doing.
With God’s help I want to spill His goodness onto those I bump into. If I only get 5 minutes with someone, I pray those moments will be filling instead of draining.
I pray that you’ll have the opportunity & wisdom to be a “5 Minute Fill-Up” in the life of another person this week. Will you pray for me that way, too?