Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Promptings of the Spirit
I wasn't sure if I was going to share this experience, because it seems such a small thing to me and I have posted about this kind of thing and how important it is to me before. Yesterday I was in the grocery store, just picking up a few things. I was standing in line (a pretty long line) to check out behind a woman on a mobility scooter. I didn't know her or know anything about her, but noticed I was immediately paying very close attention to her, something pretty out of character for me in that situation. Something was telling me to listen, so I did, without question, because I knew I would never even let on a thing about it. I noticed when she was checking out she mentioned very quietly to the cashier that she may need to put some things back because she was not sure if she had enough money to pay for her groceries. Then she ran her card, and there was not enough money there. She removed several items from her basket, and ran her card again, again, it was declined. She turned to all the people behind her, who were paying very little attention and apologized that it was taking so long. She was a bit flustered I could see, and I had a feeling that I should just hand the cashier the money for her groceries....it wasn't a lot of money, and I had recently sold a rabbit that would cover most of it....and I rarely ever have cash on me....perhaps only one of maybe 5 times in the past twelve months that I have really carried cash to the grocery store. Not that it was "extra" money, but it was money that was not committed to anything at that point....other than this woman, who was desperately trying to find a way to pay for her groceries, so I handed it to the cashier. At first the woman did not understand what happened, but then she turned with tears in her eyes to thank me....I just told her to pass it on. The cashier told me how sweet it was of me and relayed a story from an email she had just gotten from the store network how this same thing had happened recently, twice, and she was very touched by my gesture. It was not a big deal to me, but it impacted more than one life. I really don't know how this very small and simple act will bless the life of that woman, or the people that witnessed this act of kindness, I will never know, but I do know that it is important to act on these promptings. I have said time and time again that there are angels among us....and sometimes we are the ones called to be those angels.