Breathe Acts: Groceries
“…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16.)
Breathe is a Wichita group yearning to bring ourselves and others closer to God. Please be inspired by these modern day “Acts” and lets go out and live our faith today!
I didn’t know exactly why I was in the grocery store. I was hungry but I felt like I might be called to do God’s will in this store. I wandered around, got some food and went to the registers. Everybody was going through the self checkout but I thought maybe I was meant to talk to a cashier or something. I got in line behind a jovial black lady with lots of groceries. She was having fun talking to the cashier. I watched him scanning her stuff and the total going up. Just before the last couple items were scanned and the total was at $133 I leaned in and said, “This will be a weird question but may I pay for your groceries for you?”
Without hesitation she exclaimed, “YES YOU MAY!”
I pulled out my debit card and looked for where to swipe it.
The woman exclaimed,“Are you serious?”
I nodded. Both the cashier and the woman were staring at me waiting for something, or just in shock. I broke the silence by saying, “I was just with some friends and they encouraged me to do something nice for some body.”
She reached out and hugged me. “Thank you very much.”
“Pass on the love to the next person,” I said.
“Ok, I will.” She nodded and put away her check book.
I swiped the card and paid the $144
She left. The guy behind me said, “It’s good to know there are some good people still in the world.”
“Good. Thanks. Just pass it on, man.”
I looked at the cashier. “oops,” I said. I guess I should have just put my items under that swipe too.”
“No problem we can just do it again.” he said.
He rang me up and then said, “I’m sorry I can’t move because my foot has gout.”
”Ok, I can bag my own groceries. Would you like me to pray for your foot? I know it could be kind of awkward, but I’d still like to do it if you want to.”
“No, that’s alright.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, no thank you.”
“Ok. Well, thank you again.”
I gathered up my un-bagged snacks and left.
That was a lot of money. If i did that every day, i would lose all my wealth. But some people are called to give their wealth away to the poor. I’ve heard of people doing that. And they seem to end up happier in the end. If that is what this is, and if every week, even, we find new ways to give lavishly to people, what fun it is going to be to give it all away to the poor.