Faith enjoys grocery shopping with me. She thinks it’s cool that we can “hang-out” together, especially for grocery shopping. Faith is 4yrs going on 10!
I enjoy grocery shopping by myself; it’s like a mini holiday by myself. It’s my alone time to think and clear my head. I don’t get many opportunities to spend alone time by myself. So I look forward to my time alone shopping. I am not a fan of malls, so you will hardly catch me there.
Faith tends to slow me down whenever we go shopping, so I really have to be patient with her. She loves talking to everyone she meets; I mean everyone. It’s nothing for her to ask a total stranger what their name is and how old are they. People always respond to her very warmly. I guess they see that child-like innocence in her.
On this particular day, I was in a bit of a hurry, and I had told myself that I was going to make a mad dash in and out. Yeah, right, whom am I kidding! Anyway, off we go on our way. I told Faith that we are not going to talk to strangers today because mom is in a hurry, and I need her to cooperate with me. She agrees as she usually does!
I had a shortlist with me as I drag Faith from one aisle to another. We approached the bread aisle, and I reached for a loaf of bread. Another lady was reaching for bread, too; I noticed her right hand was bandaged.
As I put my bread in the basket and turn to catch Faith’s attention. She was talking to the lady with the bandaged hand. I stepped closer to give her a nod to move on. I heard her said to the lady, “what happened to your hand.” The lady told her that she had an accident.
Ok, let’s go now. I thought to myself impatiently.
The next words that came out of Faith’s mouth brought me to my senses.
Faith asked the lady, “Can I pray for your hand.’’
The lady – smiled and answered. Yes, you may.
At this time, the people around us stopped and watched. It was like the world stopped as we watched Faith.
Faith laid her hands on the lady’s bandaged right hand, and she prayed as follows.
”God bless her boo-boo and heal her in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
I stood in amazement and proud of the special moment I had just been a part of.
The lady asked Faith her name and if she can hug Faith. I moved closer and introduced myself to the lady. We exchanged pleasantries and went our ways.
I was shocked, excited, and proud of Faith for having the boldness and confidence to pray for the lady.
Once I got over myself, I asked Faith, “why did you pray for that lady.”
Faith answered – Mom, because she has a boo-boo!
I felt stupid for even asking, isn’t that obvious enough, duh! I pretty much slowed down, taking in what had happened in the store. I saw the lady with the bandaged hand first, but it didn’t occur to me to pray for her. I was so focused on getting my shopping done and was not paying attention to my surrounding.
God used a 4 years old girl to remind me to slow down. Also, God showed me that He would use anyone, even a 4 years old that can’t quote scripture.
Question ~ are you like me, too busy wrapped up in your own world and not paying attention to the needs of others around you?