Image by heathbrandon via FlickrThe other day I was at the grocery store. The line was long and the there was a lady in the front that was a little short when her items were rung up. She paid part in cash, but then the machine wouldn't accept her card. She quickly walked outside, no one knew what was happening. The cashier informed the lady behind her that she was going to her car to get some more money. The lady behind waited for awhile fiddling with her items and her purse. After a few minutes she did something that shocked not only the cashier but the people behind her.
While the lady was gone the lady behind handed the cashier some money and offered to pay the remaining balance. The cashier was in shock as she took the money, saying how rarely that happens. The other lady did return with some more money. The lady behind seemed a bit hesitant to accept repayment, feeling like the other lady may have needed it more, but she took a portion as not to offend or embarrass her.
The look on the lady's face when the cashier told her what the lady behind had done. It was so much gratitude. Here it was a perfect stranger someone she had never met in her life who paid her debt. A simple random act of kindness that I only hoped stayed with everyone who witnessed it. I know it stayed with me.
What got me the most was the lady behind who was fiddling with her items and fiddling with her purse was just making sure that she herself had enough to cover her items and the lady ahead, as she seemed to be on a tight budget herself. I guess she felt that the other lady needed it more so she gave her last bit of cash to cover the other lady's debt.
It reminded me that we all have a debt that was paid, but this debt was paid in blood. By a perfect stranger showing His love for mankind. An act of love that saved the world.
All I hope is that they all saw God's reflection in this one lady's actions and remember what He has done for them.
Romans 12:9-13 (New Living Translation) 9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[a] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[b] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.