I woke up on Friday morning simply not “in the mood” for the day. I hit snooze for at least an hour – burning precious time I could have spent eating breakfast – before dragging my lazy bones off the mushy mattress and pushing my hair out of my face. I had twenty minutes to get ready for work, and mumbled a hasty, half-focused and reluctant prayer that God would use me to bless someone there in some way, whether they were a coworker or a customer. Upon (quietly) stomping down the stairs I headed to work in the pouring rain, altogether feeling as dreary as the crying clouds.
The first couple of hours were slow. Nobody wanted to venture out in the rain. But soon business picked up pace, and my coworkers and I at least had something to keep us occupied so the time passed much faster. Just before I went on break, an elderly lady (I later found out she was almost 90 years old!) came to my register. I spent the next twenty minutes or so helping her with her order, feeling God smiling at her through me. Admittedly, I was a little miffed at first that my break would be postponed, but as God moved me to step out of my tiredness and into His strength for this lady I found my annoyance dissipate to be replaced by pure joy and love in being a helping hand and friendly face. She told me stories from her college days, and I was able to share little pieces of my faith with her. When the transaction was complete, I closed my register and walked her to her car as she repeated over and over how much of a blessing our interaction had been to her. I remembered my grumpy prayer from earlier in the morning and laughed a little to myself as I thanked God for such a beautiful “interruption” to my routine.
I smile now to realize anew how much God teaches us through seemingly little things. We must keep our eyes open and focused on Him, so that when He calls us to move, even in little ways, we are able to abide in His love and respond with obedience and grace. He provides so much beauty to us and those around us, and it’s such an honor to be a part of that work through Jesus.