Friday, September 12, 2014

...we stopped at this one point in the store... - In Jesus - 09-12-2014

I stopped at a grocery store on the way home after work tonight. I was finished in there and on my way out when I saw coming toward me a little elderly Filipino woman walking with a cane in her right hand and with who looked like her grand daughter on the same right side. I walked up to her and started walking backwards on her left to follow her going the opposite direction that I was originally heading. And as we walked together past the row of cash registers, I explained "I pray for people and Jesus heals them. I see you have a cane. Are you in pain? Can I pray for you?" Initially seeming a little timid at my approach, she seemed to open up after hearing my request, but didn't stop walking in the other direction and sort of made mention and motion with her arm that she was on her way somewhere. I just kept following and asking where the pain was and how bad. She said it was both her legs, but more so the left one and pointed to it. I tried to get a level of pain out of her. Like an x out of 10, but she seemed in a rush and not really able to give me one. I wondered if she understood so I guessed for her and said "Could it be like a 5 out of 10?" She said, "Yes, could be." At this point we stopped at this one point in the store and I assumed it was because she was going to let me pray. So I asked to put my hand on her shoulder as I was intent on speaking to the pain, commanding it to leave. She let me do so. Her grand daughter was so protective. I could tell she was nervous and a little worried about what I was going to do. As I was about to put my hand on her grand mother's shoulder she seemed to want to get between me and her. Or maybe she was just moving out of the way to let people pass by, haha. I wasn't too sure, as I was more so focused on getting this dear woman well. I placed my hand on her shoulder, commanded all pain to leave her in the name of Jesus and then looked in her face and said "How is it? Is it all gone? Is it better?" She processed it for a moment, seeming to try to feel the pain, then gave a big sigh of relief and looked at me and nodded yes and said "Thank you!" and started to walk around me and away from me. It was at this point that I realized where she was heading all along, why she was in a rush, and why she had stopped at this particular point in the store. She walked around me and headed into the woman's bathroom entrance which was directly behind me. Haha! I laughed afterwards. Here I was holding her up when she apparently had to badly get to the woman's bathroom. But hey, I'm pretty sure the pain was either gone, or in the least much better, judging by her reaction. Her grand daughter thanked me as well as they headed off into the bathroom and I continued on my way out of the store.

God is so good! I love being used by Him!

Love the one in front of you.

Grace, peace and love in Jesus Christ!

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