Flowers for a Father’s Funeral; Instructions from our Heavenly Father
“Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
I was blessed a few weeks ago to witness a Christian following the leading of the Holy Spirit. I was in line a local dollar store purchasing a few items for work. There was a woman two people ahead of me in line. She had begun putting her items on the conveyor belt to go through the check-out process. I noticed her items seemed to have a theme. There were a lot of white silk flowers, glass vases, white table cloths and candles. I, being a hopeless romantic, assumed that she was working on decorations for a wedding. The young man working the check-out line was new. He was working as quickly as he could, but did not have as much practice as the other employee working in the store that day. He asked her for help. The other employee became frustrated and was very unkind to him in front of everyone in the store. The employee was so rude to the young man that the lady with the “wedding” items felt the need to apologize. She also apologized to the young lady that was in line in front of me. The young lady told her not to worry; for she was just getting a few items and was not in a hurry. The young lady then mentioned that she was just happy to be out and about and to have a small break from work. The lady purchasing the wedding items said that she would like to be anywhere but in that store purchasing items for her father’s service. I immediately understood what she meant; for her father, whom she evidently loved dearly, had passed away. As the new employee continued to ring up the lady’s purchases, the young lady in front of me told the him to just ring her items up with this lady’s and she would just pay for it all. The young man paused and looked at her but quickly continued ringing up the items. The lady who lost her father tried to insist that the young lady not pay for her items. However, the young lady insisted, and expressed that she simply wanted to show love to her in her moment of loss and sadness. I do not remember how much the purchase was, but that’s not the point. I was moved by the boldness of this young lady to follow Christ. She was kind and thoughtful while the grieving lady was grateful and moved to tears. The new employee who had been treated unkindly by his co-worker was also moved by this young lady’s ability to follow the urging of the Holy Spirit. I was encouraged and in awe to be a witness to such an act of love and kindness.
The young lady in the store lived out the passage above where the Apostle Paul shared with the church at Thessalonica that they were “taught by God to love one another.” May I learn and grow and show the same amount of loving, boldness for Jesus as that young lady!