I had a horrible day Friday. One I will not forget anytime soon. I won’t go into details because it’s not fruitful, but it has haunted me all weekend and I was late to band practice at church today because I was crying in my bathroom and needed to get myself together before I could leave. It’s been a rough weekend.
I went grocery shopping alone and my thoughts got the best of me as I filled the cart, checking for the best prices and making sure I got everything on the list. As I was checking out, an elderly woman approached my cashier and was concerned because she hadn’t gotten her coupon discount. Every penny counts and this one was for $3. She was told to go to customer service. Off she went.
I, too, had to go to customer service because two of the items I needed were out. You’ve got to love rain checks for buy one get one free items. The woman came up as I was standing there. Again, she was denied and turned away. At this point, she was very upset.
I left the store after her and saw her, parked in the handicapped spot, talking to her self, visibly shaking and clearly upset. At first, I walked by, but then I turned my overflowing cart around and asked her if she was OK.
She wasn’t. She couldn’t find her keys. I put my arm around her shoulders, suggested we pause and take a deep breath. She kept saying, “They aren’t here. They’re gone. They’re everything. Everything is gone.”
I spoke softly, hugging her small frame. I told her it would be OK and we’d find them. I suggested she take a breath and look again in her purse. She continued fretting, but took a breath and pulled out her wallet. There, beneath the wallet, were her keys. She started crying. I hugged her and told her it was OK. Her shaking subsided. Her tears stopped. I said, “Sometimes, we just need to pause and take a deep breath. Are you OK, now? Can I help you at all?”
She said, “I’m OK. Thank you. God will help you.”
God will help you. What powerful words that I needed to hear. This sweet, little, old lady helped me as much as I helped her, my angel in disguise.