Getting Hooked On Inconvenience

Please, God, Put Opportunities In Front of Me Because It Makes Me Feel So Good!!

As usual, it was a packed day of errands. Right at the end of the errands was a doctor’s appointment. I stayed as long as possible at Walmart shopping. True to form, I had packed my day full, I was very focused and timelined. I checked out right on schedule.

I heard a scream, saw lots of scrambling people and looked to the far left just as I was about to exit. I see an older lady who has fallen down. As she is falling, her grocery cart is rolling out in front of her and people are gathering all around her.

My first thought was that there were plenty of people to take care of her. I only had ten minutes to get to my doctor’s appointment and I didn’t have time to stop. And then I remembered my Autumn’s gift to me of Pass It On! Random acts of kindness that we give to others. It was an opportunity that God had put in front of me and I was about to pass it by.

I had committed to Autumn that I would do small acts of kindness, and I had become so inwardly focused on my to-do lists when I was out in the secular world that I wasn’t looking for encounters.

Because of Autumn and Pass It On! I made a decision to see if I could help. When I got there, there were a lot of people standing around. Geri, the lady on the floor was just laying there. I got down on my knees and put her head in my lap. Her heart was pounding so fast I thought it was going to jump out of her chest. Two things I realized very quickly: 1) nobody had taken charge and 2) it looked like Geri was going to have a heart attack. I said, “Geri, you’re sweating profusely and you’re heart is beating like crazy. Can I pray with you?” And I held onto her tightly and began a deep, intense prayer asking the Lord to calm her.

When I finished and looked up there was a hoard of people around us, watching us. I began to call out for them to call 911, get the manager, get a wheelchair and help her off the ground.

I was able to get Geri into the wheelchair and calm her until the paramedics arrived. She looked at me and asked, “Who are you? Are you an angel?”  You really know that His spirit was felt in your presence when someone asks if you are an angel.  And I said, “Geri, my name doesn’t matter. This is just a small act of kindness. Pass it on when you’re able.”

I wonder how many opportunities that God has put in front of me that I’ve let pass by because I am so focused on getting my list done in my daily life. Because of Pass It On! I stopped and had the amazing encounter that I did. But the unbelievable high that I got from serving someone makes me continue to ask, “Please God, inconvenience me because it makes me feel so good.”

Do you delegate the responsibility to others when you’re in the secular world? There’s something about stepping into the secular world that makes us more restricted and self-absorbed, and keeps us from seeing the needs of others.

It seems we’ve become such a self-absorbed society that doesn’t see the needs of others and can easily delegate to someone else. Have we become so hurried and contracted that His spirit isn’t felt in our presence?

Yours In Servant Leadership,

Juanell Teague

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3 Responses to Getting Hooked On Inconvenience

  1. Ann Dudash says:

    If only I had read this a few hours earlier my brief contact with a store clerk would have been so different. Impatience and poor listening abound in this world. If only I had less of both. Your story whispers to me to be a better listener and practice patience always. Thank you for telling this story. God sometimes whacks us with a 2′ x 4′ and sometimes a feather. I wish more for the construction materials because when I’m whacked with the feather I seldom hear His voice.

  2. Jami Eggleston says:

    Wow! What a powerful testimony of what happens when we respond with love and compassion, and ACTION to the opportunities that come before us! That was amazing! I am so excited and looking forward to reading your many posts in the future! Love You! Jami

  3. This is very inspiring and so powerful! Gets right to the “heart” of the matter and will open many minds! Thank you Juanell!

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