Stand, therefore, with…
your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
~ Ephesians 6:15 ~
The Christmas cards needed to be mailed and I needed to buy chicken drumsticks. I called the supermarket where I buy them — they didn’t have any. I called another location, and they had them. So off I went to the post office and to buy the chicken.
After I left the post office, I thought, “Hey, there’s another location closer than the one that has the chicken, so I’ll go there instead.” Less than a mile after I headed in that direction, I thought to call them to make sure they had the chicken drumsticks. I parked the car and waited for the meat department to answer — and they didn’t have any. So, I headed off to the one location that had the chicken.
I walked into the store, got three packages, and walked to the cashier. Four of the five cashiers had long lines; the “Express” line only had two ahead of me. As I waited for the cashier to take care of the customers before me, I looked at her face. It was careworn and my thought was, “This woman has lived a hard life. Pray for her.” Well, I greeted her, then thanked her for helping me.
As I walked away, I said, “What’s your name?”
“I’ll be praying for you, Maria, because you look like you need it.”
She said, “Thank you.”
I walked away and was by the third cashier stand when I felt that I needed to go back. I turned around and saw the sign, “Restrooms” straight ahead of me. I asked another cashier if I could leave the bagged chicken on the counter, she said I could. I walked past Maria’s check stand.
When I came out Maria walked quickly toward me and said, “Thank you for praying for me.” Large tears were running down her cheek. I asked her what to pray for, she told me her son. I asked her for his name and how I could pray for him, “A—. He’s on drugs.”
So, right there, in that private little place the Lord gave us, a concise prayer went upward for Maria and A—. She returned to her post with a smile.
Then, I remembered this Scripture verse card in my wallet. I jotted a quick note to her that I was asking the Lord to deliver her son from the drugs and into Him, and the peace and comfort of the LORD for her.
As I walked back to get my grocery bag, I gave it to her. Her countenance was different—more at peace than before.
Here’s my encouragement to you. It’s Christmas. Many people are struggling with different things, but if our eyes are open and our “feet [are] sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace,” the Lord will guide you to those who need to know that He loves and cares for them.
I called the same supermarket chain, in three different locations, for chicken drumsticks. Only one had them. I truly believe the Lord guided me to the store I went to because He wanted to bless a woman who was hurting for her son. He also blessed me.
If you are struggling with anything right now, know that the God who created all things, knows you and loves you. He hears your prayers; He “knows the things you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).
The Lord opened the door to peace and comfort to Maria. He also gave her hope. Will you be instrument of peace for someone today?
Abba, help us to “Stand, therefore, with… [our] feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace,” and to be instruments of peace to a world that is lost and dying and needs to hear that You love and care for them.
The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate, be with you this Christmas and in the year to come. May you walk in step with the Spirit so that He leads you to where you need to be. In the name above all names, Jesus, amen.