When God Told Me to Go Down Another Aisle
Learning to Listen to God Even When He Speaks to You in the Store
by Joanne Troppello
One of our fold-up camping chairs broke and we had left the other one in storage when we moved last year. We needed to go to a family event and would be eating outside and had to bring our own chairs. It would have been too hard to get the one chair out of storage since we mistakenly packed it near the back of the unit.
I went to the store this past week to buy two chairs, one for me and one for my husband. I checked online first before going there and they had a few left in stock. When I got there and checked the outdoor/camping area, they had one last fold-up canopy chair left on the shelves. I didn’t want to get one of the other less expensive ones because we wanted durable ones, and also, they weren’t high-backed.
I asked one of the store employees if they had any other canopy chairs left. She said no. Apparently, they had moved all the seasonal outdoor furniture from the front of the store to the back, and whatever was there is what was left.
I thanked her and pushed my cart along as I needed to get some other items. I had two choices left. Settle for going back to get the less expensive low-back chair. Then we’d have one good one and one not so good. Or I could pay for everything. Drop the stuff off at home and then go check out the other two stores located in the area.
I contemplated what to do when I felt like God wanted me to make one last pass along the aisles in the front where the employee had said the seasonal furniture used to be until they moved everything.
I thought, Ok. I’ll go, but it will likely be pointless.
God surprised me again. I walked down the last aisle in that section and stopped in surprise when I saw one last canopy chair on the top shelf. I quickly put it in my cart and happened to see the same employee as I made my way back up to the checkout section.
I told her that I found another one up front. I said, “I guess it pays off to keep looking.”
She said that’s great. I thanked her and paid for my items.
God cares even about the small things in our lives. That is the one lesson that I took away from this situation today. If I hadn’t listened to Him and walked around one last time, I would not have found the other chair that I needed.
I would have had to take extra time out of my afternoon (when I needed to get more work done) to go to several other stores to see if they had the exact fold-up canopy chair that I wanted.
If God is leading you to do something, I highly suggest you listen. I did and it worked out better for me in the long run.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.