Ok, so not actually God himself but God through another person. There have been MANY God sightings recently.
Last week I went to get a new cell phone. A little history behind my phone. We have always depended on the "free phone with contract" cell phones. We have NEVER paid for a phone. We do not use the data plans so we don't need all those frills. Although I would LOVE to have a fancy phone it is just not in the budget or necessary for our lifestyle. Two years ago, as we were preparing for me to travel to Ethiopia, I got a new phone. The phone was supposed to be able to be used internationally and supposed to be a little higher quality than the phone I had. Well, it did not work ANYWHERE except in the USA. It was always very hard to hear the person calling and I always had people tell me they could barely hear me. So last week when I received a card in the mail saying I could get an early upgrade I was super excited. Off I went to the phone store with all seven children in tow. To my dismay I was told that they do not have any free phones but they do give a substantial rebates on certain phones. I said "thank you" and started out the door with the kids. The kids, being curious as they are, asked why I did not get a phone. I simply responded, as we were walking out the door, that mommy could not afford to buy a $60.00 phone. Sometimes I should probably keep my mouth closed until we get into the car.
I love when God sends us encouragement just at the right moment. It had been a hard couple of days. I had tried to get some errands completed for two days and kept running into obstacles. I remember thinking as I loaded the kids in the car at the phone store, "can't anything be easy". Tears started to well up in my eyes. Seconds later a very nice lady, who had been at the counter purchasing a phone, came up to me and asked if she could buy me a phone. I was certainly taken back a moment but how do you say no to a blessing from a stranger. She told me that she had been a foster parent for many years and that her children were now off to college. She said she understood how hard being a mom is and she really wanted to do this for me. I got a new phone and a blessing!!
I will probably never see that sweet lady again but I am grateful that God used her that day to give me a blessing. Are you listening to God? Are you missing out on giving someone a blessing? Are you missing out on being blessed by giving?