Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wal-Mart Epiphany

Sometimes unexpected blessings come in the most unlikely of places.

Earlier this week, I found myself in unfamiliar territory—Wal-Mart.  I was in search of a “universal remote” which operates both the TV and the DVR. (I don’t always shop. But when I do…it’s for something important.)

I quickly found and purchased the object of my desire and as I turned from the checkout lane I overheard the gentlelady behind me say to the cashier: “I almost made it to my car without paying for this!” Now, I’m not certain what this was, but I couldn’t help but be impressed with her honesty. It was actually refreshing.

Then this morning I conducted a worship service in a local nursing home.

As we sang “Amazing Grace” I watched a devoted husband, with indescribable tenderness, put his arm around his beloved wife—who scarcely knows him. But not even Alzheimer’s could beguile them of this holy moment. She mouthed the words as they gazed into each other’s eyes…when we’ve been there ten thousand years…

One doesn’t see acts like these every week. In fact, we are altogether accustomed to witnessing the dishonest and the unlovely to the point of desensitization. I see the same news you see. It’s mostly negative, isn’t it?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the news. I want to be informed. Ignorance is no virtue. However, if one focuses only on what one sees or reads in the media, one could become entirely pessimistic and cynical. But we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ! Cynicism and pessimism are not part of our creed.

And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~1Corinthians 13:13

It’s really a matter of perspective. Yes, there is much evil in the world but there is much good too. God sees small acts of kindness and courage each and every day. Perhaps we should pray that we would see more of what God sees. Even better—pray that God sees acts of kindness and courage when He sees us. 

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