Today I had to pick up a few things for my favorite soup. I usually go to the grocery store because I do this whole couponmom.com thing. But for some reason I felt like going to Wal-Mart. And I was arguing with myself, “Why go to Wal-Mart? You can get in and out of the grocery store quicker. You know where everything is there.” My self replied, “Well, I just want to go to Wal-Mart!” I couldn’t get Wal-Mart out of my mind. So, I went to Wal-Mart. And I let my imagination run away with me and started thinking, “What if God told me to go to Wal-Mart?” I wondered who I might run into or what I might even receive by choosing Wal-Mart over the grocery store!
I know. It’s weird. But that’s where my mind went.
So, I grabbed the few items we needed, took Lydia potty and finally got in line to check out. And who is my cashier? A deaf woman. She had a sign on her register that said, “Deaf. Please be patient.” So, I was thinking, “Cool! I know sign language! Well, I mean, I know how to say ‘dog’ and ‘octopus’ and ‘cheese’. So, I can talk to her!” But I could not think of ONE thing to sign. I was going to say, “Lydia, see this woman? She uses ASL, can you show her ‘cat’? ‘horse’? ‘doll’?” But then that seemed kinda weird. Like the cashier was a teachable moment or something.
Finally, she pointed to my screen because I forgot to click “no cash back” and I signed “sorry”. Her face lit up as she handed me the receipt. I signed “thank you” and she signed “you’re welcome” still beaming.
As I turned to walk away, I thought, “Man! I know the sign for ‘friend’! I could have signed ‘friend’!!” I started thinking what if God had really put it in my heart to go to Wal-Mart? What if he really did want me to sign “sorry” and “thank-you” to that cashier? Just to brighten her day?
I know God is in every detail of her life. He wants her happy. He wants her smiling and not feeling detached. I know God is involved in every detail of my life. I’ve asked Him to use me however He wants. So, if he wants me to brighten someone’s day by simply signing “thank you”, I’d do it!
All this rambling just makes me contemplate. I’m not saying today was a “divine appointment” or that God CHOSE ME to bless an “unfortunate soul”. It’s just got me thinking about how I react when God really does speak to me. Will I be willing to do what He says? Will I listen to the small things He asks me to do? Will I step out and do something little for Him…or something big? I want to!
I hope you figured out how to read this post. I only colored the words I knew in sign language. It made me think this is what the conversation must have seemed like between me and our cashier. I was moving my mouth but she only “heard” the few words I signed. (Granted, she could probably read lips, but you know what I mean!) I doubt I’m as brave as our cashier. It would be hard to work with people that can’t understand you! I wish sign language was more common! And that I had paid more attention to the non-animal and non-food signs on my Signing Time videos!
Speaking of which, my heroes are Signing Time are going to Ghana to teach sign language to deaf orphans! Isn’t that cool? Go check it out!