Jesus and $2.75

img_2629This came from a friend, Rebecca, who with her husband Brian was at Fred Meyer’s, a local department store recently.  She shared this on Facebook and after reading it, I asked her if I could share it on this blog.

She is a woman with a deep love for Jesus and a simple desire: to be obedient.

What this reminded me of was this – that our lives are a walk, a Camino, if you will. And every interaction has the opportunity to bless, enhance, transform, touch another with the love we have experienced. It is a simple story. May it bless your heart today as it blessed mine.

In the following, I’m placing the whole of this in quotes for it is Rebecca speaking.  So, Brian and Rebecca were just doing some shopping when…

“This young boy walks passed me with this woman in a disability scooter.”

“I felt this immediate sense of brokenness, so I paused and listened in on their conversation a bit.  The woman was scolding the young boy heavily, but the child ‘felt’ broken to me, already.”

“The woman looked very angry and a bit overpowering for sure.”

“I asked Brian for a dollar, after checking my pockets, for I felt like I needed to give him a dollar. But, I wondered, how was this gonna happen? Was I just to walk up and say:  ‘Hi! I’m Rebecca.  Here’s a dollar…cheer up?'”

“Brian says to me, ‘What’s the plan?'”

“I tell him, ‘I don’t know, but we’re going to follow them.’ LOL.”

“I tell Brian, ‘Pretend you’re busy looking at something down this aisle.'”

“I pray in my head to Jesus and say ‘Help me because this don’t look good!'”

“The woman on the scooter is still scolding the kid and she’s throwing stuff in her basket, yet Jesus wants me to give a dollar?”

“I think, ‘Yikes!'”

“So, I take a deep breath and notice I’m standing in front of the donut section.  They are on sale 2 for $3 bucks or a package sleeve for $1.00.”img_2628

“So, I blurt out to the kid, ‘I can’t decide. Chocolate or Powdered Sugar?'”

“He looks up at me, like ‘Huh?'”

“So, I say again, ‘I just can’t decide!  I love them both but donuts don’t love me.'”

“He giggles.”

“The woman answers, ‘Powdered Sugar is my favorite!’ She has a huge grin on her face now.”

“I say,  ‘What about you, kiddo?'”

“He says, ‘Definitely chocolate!’ with a huge grin.”

“The woman’s heart has changed. She says, ‘Okay, let’s get donuts!’ So they add one of each to the cart.”

“I say to the boy, ‘Let me buy yours.'”

“The lady was thrilled.”

“The kid overwhelmed with amazement.”

“I needed a bit more money as they weren’t the dollar packages.”

“The woman tells me she’s just the neighbor. She’s helping the family out. His mom has cancer. He has 3 other siblings and one is a young baby. She mentioned that this boy was excited because for Christmas he found a bike someone left by the garbage can that just needed new tires.”

“I asked the boy if I could shake his hand and I held it. I asked if he was 10. He said he was. His name was Carter.”

“I boldly say to him, ‘Carter do you believe in God?'”

“He says, ‘Yes, I do.'”

“I say, ‘God sent me to you. He wants me to tell you that He knows things are heavy right now, but He is leaving you gifts every day but you need to look for them now. Your eyes will be opened so you can show other people.  Things will be heavy for a while, but you must look for God like little packages that appear for you.”

“I told Carter to write it all down.”

“The woman on the scooter believed it all. Oddly, but not oddly, she said she was going to take him to the dollar tree to get him a journal. She said she was telling Carter that God left him the bike earlier that day, so what I said supported her ‘gift’ appearing thought.”

“Then she said, ‘This woman is speaking through God to you!’”

“It was AMAZING how that dollar, that boldness, and obedience and partnership with Jesus transformed her heart. That boy was taking on the weight of his entire family plus his disabled grumpy neighbor. All they needed was an interruption from Christ to remind them of how loved and valuable they were.”

“The negativity left. It evaporated like fog when the sun appears. And the young boy lifted his shoulders.”

“I never have instructions or a plan, when something like this happens. But my heart is overflowing with love for broken people. I get to hear hearts with permission from Jesus. I admit, I don’t always like it but Jesus gave me this gift and one day maybe, I’ll figure it out. But then again, I probably won’t figure this out. If I ever did, then Jesus would just move in another way in my heart, and say, ‘Okay, child, now try this!’”

“Such a gracious Father! Anyway, felt like I should share that and it cost me time and $2.75.”

I’m blessed by this friend’s account — her transparency, her willingness to follow her heart and the prompts of Jesus, and the impact made.  She’s a shining light with her family in Beaverton, Oregon.  20293091_10212371957989967_3376976319885461506_n



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