“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV
Something very unexpected happened this past weekend that I’d like to share with you!
My husband and I sometimes sell our old or refinished furniture online. A lady responded to an ad for an entertainment center and we made plans for her to pick it up Saturday. When I didn’t hear from her, I wondered if she changed her mind. I messaged her and turns out, she did change her mind, BUT… she explained why.
A family member had a serious car accident and that person’s son had a sick child. and his wife was out of town. It was as if he had to handle the car accident and everything alone…the wife being out of town, the sick daughter with a temperature, the parent in the hospital. Other family members needed to drop everything and help him out.
Immediately my heart was engaged. I told Whitney “no worries” about getting the entertainment center. “You do what you need to do and we will hold it for you until whenever. We will not sell it to anyone else.”
How did she respond? She was grateful, but said she really could not buy the center at all with everything going on. She offered me a token of her apology in the form of some money through cash-app. Of course I said no! That was not necessary.
Without thinking, I asked if I could pray for her and told her God was able to get them all through. She called me kind and said she wished there were more people like me in the world. Funny thing…I felt the same about her!
She insisted on sending me money since she wasn’t going to honor her commitment to buy from me. Finally, I understood. This wasn’t about me, but about HER heart. I knew it would make her happy, so I finally relented. BUT…I would only take the money if I could spend the money on something for the homeless. She agreed! We had a plan. This stranger’s heart and money were an unexpected blessing!
So ..We went to Dollar General after church Sunday and bought $50 worth of mens’, womens’ and childrens’ socks, to donate to shelters. All because I came across a new friend with a kind heart:)
Thank you, Lord, for the chance to meet a kind stranger. It encourages me to be just as kind to others. You are a good, good Father. Please watch over Whitney and her family. Shower them with Your peace and love and hug and hold them as they need it badly. We ask these things because You have the kindest heart of all. Amen.
I got her permission to share this story with you. Sometimes you meet the coolest people. We joked that we were probably sisters in another life:)
Thank you, Whitney for reminding me that we are put on this earth to help each other and love each other:)
With the love of our Father, and prayers too,