I had a profound experience this morning while shopping in Walmart.
It was relatively quite in the store, and I just had a handful of items to pick up (yay!) There were a good amount of older people there getting their shopping done too, and this one gentleman and I kept passing carts as we made our way down the aisles. We would smile at each other and give the customary head nod in acknowledgment.
I had taken a turn down the dish detergent aisle to find some detergent pods, and I overheard this brief conversation involving that same gentleman, that touched me profoundly:
Walmart greeter: “Oh, I’m glad you found it!” (obviously he had been helping this man locate a product)
Older gentleman: “Yes…I guess I just needed somebody to walk with me a little bit.”
Whoa. I was stopped in my tracks. Tears began to stream down my face, and I had to take a moment to get myself together.
How many of us just need someone to “walk with us” until we get it, find it, overcome it…whatever IT is that we need?
The greeter didn’t find the item for the man, he simple was willing to come alongside him to help. His mere assistive presence was enough to get the man going in the right direction.
I often tell my hubby that just his presence with me (when I am trying to find something or work on a project) is just what I need to be motivated to get it done. Sometimes a task can seem too overwhelming alone.
How many people that we encounter…or work with, know as friends, in our church or our social circles…just need someone to “walk with them a bit” so that they can learn to overcome in life?
Jesus did that/does that for me, for us. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us if we surrender our lives to Him. He is committed to you and me forever, not going anywhere, and He will work with us until we get our breakthrough…in our minds, our hearts, our lives. His presence alone gives me the strength I need to know that things can and will be different.
In His words: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
And He compels us to do the same for others. We can come alongside and support people in our lives, even if we have never experienced their challenges or situation. Our patience and kindness and gentle instruction can minister volumes in other people’s lives.
God changed me in that moment this morning, hearing those words. I sobbed and just tried to make it to the checkout. I teared-up in the van on the way home. I cried afresh as I recounted the moment to my hubby on the phone. I am still touched as I write this. I want to leave you with these two things:
Walk with Jesus. He is gentle and His changes in us are forever.
Walk with others a bit. Let God do the same thing in them.
Thanks for listening to a changed woman,