This morning while wrapping up our Tuesday morning Bible study at @newlifekc, we had a visitor that was unexpected to us, but totally expected by God.
Since Leigh-Ann and I moved downtown, we have frequently visited the @myfamilydollar store on 31st and Troost. The employees have always been very kind and welcoming. As a result, several weeks ago, I was riding the elevator to New Life with another gal. She looked at me and said, “I know you.”
I knew I recognized her also, but couldn’t place her…then she proceeded to tell me that she used to work at the Family Dollar. I told her I was a pastor and invited her to attend a service. She said it had been quite a while since she had been to church.
I nearly forgot about her until I saw her walking down the hallway this morning. She had some New Life CityChurch mail that had been delivered to the wrong box and was bringing it to us.
I asked her how she was doing and she immediately responded, “I’m really having a tough time.”
She went on to say that the fatal car accident on Saturday night that killed two adults and three children (http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article5052069.html) took her sister and nieces and nephew.
Just yesterday, Leigh-Ann and I were discussing how incredibly sad this must be for the family.
As I stood in the hallway, I was struck by an overwhelming feeling that God had been working ahead of everyone so that the cashier from Family Dollar would change jobs to work in the same building as our church so that in the moment of her deepest need, she would have access to hope and prayer through New Life CityChurch.
We talked for a few more minutes and then right in the hallway, I prayed with Victoria. Sometimes prayer is all you can do…the rest is up to God.