Saturday, June 9, 2012

Do This for Me

Spending some one else's money is fun. My friend A who is getting married in a week had run out of time to buy her honeymoon week clothes. She still needed a rehearsal dinner dress! She was really stressed as she hates shopping, and didn't have the time to fit it in on top of all the wedding plans and craziness. So I went to Belks, and found the PERFECT dress. It was her favorite color, her size, her style, and GET THIS: on sale! And then, I started prowling for outfits for her honeymoon. Since the economy is in such shambles, there are a lot of pretty stupendous half off sales going on. I began rummaging. A saleswoman appeared. Normally, I think of them as sharks, just trawling the shopping waters waiting for their next victim. But this time, I put them to work. I described my friend, her likes and dislikes, and soon, I had a whole herd of saleswomen adding to my growing pile. I had soon collected about 20 outfits. I had been there 5 hours when I noticed that I was about to pass out. It was well after lunchtime.
"Can you hold these in a separate room and me and my friend will be back at 10 a.m. tomorrow?" I asked.
The saleswoman who had been most invested in the adventure scowled.
"Oh, but I don't get in till 1! Can't you bring her in then? I want to see if she likes them!"
"I'll leave you a note!" I said with a smile.
Then I emailed A with the good news that all she had to do was hop in my car at 9:45 this morning, and her personal shopper would whisk her to her private dressing room where her honeymoon wardrobe awaited her. She said she was so relieved when she got my note, that she cried.

I have often thought this, but it struck me again as I considered my past week. I had had two friends cry on my shoulder, a lonely senior friend and his wife with Alzheimers enjoy fast food in my car while I drove them through beautiful areas of Charlotte, and taught one of Asherel's new friends to kayak. No one, NO ONE, should ever be bored or claim they have nothing to do. There is a weeping world out there just begging to be comforted. My mission field, I thought, is right outside my doorstep.

Luke 9:48
Then he said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest."

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