I saw Jesus at WalMart.
Several years ago I was in a really bad place. Totally depressed, filled with hurt, guilt and despair. I was far from God and so unhappy. Every bad decision I had ever made was haunting me. I was in a place that I didn’t even want to go before God because I could not imagine he would even still want me. I was in a BAD place.
One Sunday afternoon I was in WalMart in the check-out line. The lady in front of me was trying to pay and her card didn’t work. She took a few items out of her haul and tried her card again. Declined.
I remember stepping back and covering my face and crying. My broken heart was broken again for this lady. I imagined all the mess she must be experiencing, and now, bless her heart, she couldn’t even buy some freaking groceries. Not only did God not see me, but He didn’t see her either.
As you can imagine, it was taking some time to take things out and void them out, get a new total and run the card again. The man behind me in line said, “What is taking so long?” I thought, “Oh dude, don’t be a jackass.” The cashier looked at him and apologized.
Then this guy, this stranger, said to the lady, “I’ll pay for it. Get all of it and I’ll pay for it.”
I was sobbing at this point.
It was like God said to me, “Not only do I see you, I see her, and I will take care of you both.”
I told the lady that was with this gentleman, “Tell him Thank You for me.” She looked at me shocked and said, “I thought you were laughing.” Crying still, I said, “oh no. Crying. I really needed to see Jesus today, and I feel like I just did.”
I can look back now and think to myself, “isn’t that just like God to show up at the exact right moment?” He tells us exactly what we need to hear, exactly when we need to hear it. He knows our every need before we do, and He unveils Himself when we need to see Him the most. Even if it means seeing Jesus at WalMart.
I was listening to the radio the other night and they were talking about random acts of kindness. It reminded me of this story. I wondered how often I have looked past Jesus because I expected something else. And how many times have I really needed Him to show up, and He did, just not how I was expecting to see Him.
These days, one of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” He always has a way of revealing Himself in a big way, just the way I need to see Him. I just need to look.
I pray that you get to experience Jesus today and that you recognize Him in a way that is just what you need.