WFW ~ The Pharmacy, M & M's and a Half Gallon of Milk
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' ~ Matthew 25:35-40
You might be wondering what the verses from Matthew, the pharmacy symbol, a picture of a package of M & M's and a picture of a half gallon of milk have to do with anything at all let alone a Word Filled Wednesday. An experience I had on Monday inspired me for this week's WFW blog post.
For some reason on Monday of this week I needed chocolate. (not that I need a reason for chocolate) I stopped in the CVS Pharmacy closest to my house to pick up my favorite... Peanut M & M's. The checkout line was long, the ladies in front of me were buying quite a few 12 packs of diet coke. (guess it was a good price) There was only one cashier... you have all been there. Tapping our toes, doing the best we can not to get frustrated at beind held up. Behind me in line was a sweet, little older lady. Tiny thing... darling. She had a half gallon of milk in her hand. After about 5 minutes of waiting she placed her milk on the counter and walked out. Of course just moments after she left the line moved I was next in line and I purchased my M & M's.
When I walked out to the parking lot towards my car I noticed the lady was still sitting in her car. Something made me stop and turn around. I walked up to her and asked if I could go back in a get her milk for her. She explained to me that with her knees and hips she just couldn't stand for very long and had to leave the store. I told her I would be glad to go back in and get the milk for her. She said "I only have a tiny bit of milk left at home." She gave me a $5 bill and I went in a bought her milk for her. I returned to her car and gave her the milk and her change. She said to me "this is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me." I almost cried right there. My heart was full and it was also breaking. If that was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for this sweet old lady... how sad. I told her that I hoped that someday someone would do the same for me if I were in need. She grabbed my hand and thanked me. When I got in my car I thought of the above verses from Matthew.
I am not sharing this story to toot my own horn, or get a pat on the back. I am sharing this story because sometimes what we do for someone speaks the Gospel more than our words could ever express. There was no motivation when I stopped... it was just the Spirit convicting me to do what Jesus would want me to do. It wasn't a response that I even planned. It just happened.
I hope that if an opportunity presents itself that you do the same. It's about faith not reward.
Heavenly Father, I thank You today that You put me in that Pharmacy, at that time to show someone of Your love. I don't know this lady's name... but You do. Today Father, and every day I ask You to cradle her in Your Loving arms! Amen
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