The Moore American

October 17, 2012

Tiny acts lead to grace

By Wanda Billbe
The Moore American

MOORE — A song on the radio the other day triggered some serious thinking.

The song was “Totally Devoted To You.” The lyrics talked about being so totally devoted to God that you were in tune with what He wanted you to do.

So many times when we pray, we ask God to help us, to be with our family members and friends and for specific needs in our lives.

What would happen if we started our day asking God to show us what we could do for Him?

On Saturday morning I was in a store that had an early morning sale. One look and it was obvious that customers had rummaged through the racks; carelessly placing clothes hanging half on the hangers in an effort to rush to other areas in the department store.

In the corner I saw a store clerk bending over picking up clothes that had dropped to the floor. She looked as wilted as a sunflower in 100-degree heat. Without saying a word I reached for clothes near me on the floor, found empty hangers and hung them up.

“Wow, thanks,” she said, a surprised look on her face. “Two other girls called in sick this morning and with the sale and extra customers and all, I’m so exhausted I can hardly pick up another blouse.” Her weariness was apparent.

I didn’t say anything; simply picked up a few more clothing items and walked to the men’s department. As I left I prayed for the clerk, asking for the remainder of her day to go by quickly.

Then it dawned on me; in that small act of kindness, I was actually doing something for God. The Bible talks about giving a cup of cold water to someone in need is like giving it to God. 

May we all have our hearts open to see areas where we can touch lives, be it in the form of helping a tired clerk, giving a drink to someone who is thirsty or giving a smile to a total stranger.