Shopping carts and shiny red Camaros don’t go together very well but that’s not considering the sovereignty of God.
We recently purchased some commodes at Lowe’s, a 30-minute drive from where we live. Since they were on sale, we bought one and then decided a couple days later to get another while they were still on sale.
Instead of driving to the front of the store to load the car, I pushed the cart to where I was parked. Jakota, who had been very helpful in the store, was finishing his shift when I needed help, so he offered to help me. When we got to the car, I was going to load it into the right side of the car but there was a car parked with the engine running next to me. That person didn’t seem in a hurry to leave so I went to the other side.
As we talked, I asked him about the cross necklace he was wearing. He said he was a Christian but hadn’t attended church in a while. As we spoke, he assured me that he understood that Christ paid his sin debt with blood He shed on the cross for our sins.
As we loaded the car, the cart was suddenly lighter! It started to roll right into the passenger wheel well of a shiny red Camaro parked about 25 feet away. We went to investigate. It left a blue mark of paint that transferred from the cart. I felt horrible!
As we finished our conversation, I gave him a copy of The Story that Matters.
Then I asked him about the car. He said it belonged to one of his coworkers. As I went into the store to report it, Colin, the owner, walked up. He had just received a phone call from Jakota, who had already left for home.
I could tell Colin was concerned about his car. As we walked outside, I noticed that he too wore a cross necklace. I asked him, “Is that cross around your neck just jewelry or does it mean something to you?” He said it was just a piece of jewelry and didn’t mean anything. I proceeded to tell him what it meant to me and shared the gospel with him.
I then gave him a gospel tract and a copy of “The Story that Matters”. (I carry a supply of these in our trunk.) He thanked me for contacting him about the mark on his car. He said, “Most people wouldn’t bother.” And told me to never mind. He could fix it.
As I left, it dawned on me that the sequence of events, all the way to which side of the car we loaded, had to happen so I could meet Colin and so he could hear the good news of the gospel. Please pray for Jakota to be faithful. Please pray for Colin to understand the gospel and be saved.
Thank you for praying for us.
Lance & Laura