Right Place, Right Time – A God Story

I debated on what to title this blog post, but I chose what I did because only God could have set things up the way He did for this story to play out so perfectly!

Last night, after my daughter Starr showed me her new fever blister, I immediately started searching for the medicine we have for fever blisters, Anbesol. I knew I had a tube of it in the house, but couldn’t find it for anything.

The longer I looked the madder I got. I kept up the search for about 30 minutes, at which point it hit me that, “Maybe God needs me at Walgreens for some specific reason.”

Since my emotions were already beginning to explode, I didn’t exactly leave the house with a good attitude, but I prayed this on the way. God, I don’t really feel like doing this (going to Walgreens), but I’m thinking that maybe You have something for me to do at Walgreens. Help me to go, get what I need and fulfill any mission You may have for me.

I calmed right down and was actually humming by the time I got there – and it’s only a few minutes from my house. That’s the power of prayer!

After I gathered up everything I was going to buy I headed toward the cash register…while praying again, “God, I want to fulfill whatever you need me to fulfill here.”

Of course, I didn’t know for sure that God had something specific for me so I was also fine with leaving without ‘doing’ anything except just getting the medicine.

But God had other plans!

As I stood in line to make my purchase, I knew it was the cashier. She was the reason I couldn’t find my Anbesol and ended up at Walgreens!

I checked out, took my stuff to my car, went back into the store and got back in line.  The lady at the cash register looked calm and peaceful, but I sensed in my Spirit that she was fighting something. It was so cool that nobody got in line behind me, allowing me to have plenty of time to talk with the lady.

When I got up to the cash register I was just completely honest with her, which usually strikes a chord with people. I said this to the lady, “You know…I am a big believer that God has us in the right place at the right time.” She agreed, shaking her head. I continued, “There was some medicine I was looking for at home that my daughter needs that I apparently lost. I should have been able to find it because I know it is there somewhere, but I couldn’t find it for anything.”

I kept talking and this lady was locked in, really listening to what I was saying (thank You Holy Spirit). I went on, “When I couldn’t find what I was looking for I suddenly thought, ‘God, is there someone specific that you want me to be at Walgreens for?” Then I said, ‘I believe you are that person.”

Seriously, nobody even came near the register and there is no doubt in my mind that this, in and of itself, was a miracle!

Andrea (as I learned was her name later on), immediately welled up with tears and said, “If you only knew how much of a miracle this is, you coming here tonight.” And she kept going on and on repeating, if you only knew, if you only knew. (Are you getting chills yet? I am.)

I encouraged her, “God loves you. Do you believe that God loves you?” She replied, still choked up, “Yes, but you just confirmed it in a deeper way.” Then she said it again, “No, you don’t understand, if you only knew.” At this point, I was all choked up too.

Still nobody was coming up to the counter so I shared the gospel with her and found out she was already Born Again, but she said, “Can you do me a favor? Can you please pray for my daughter Aleisha and I? That is when I asked her what her first name was and assured her, “You will be covered with prayer!”

I came home, called a family meeting, and said to my husband and my girls, “God wanted me at Walgreens and He used me even though I was a crab when I walked out that door. Imagine that.”

Maybe some of you reading this need to re-read those last couple of sentences. God is not waiting for you to be perfect in your behavior before He is willing to use you in other people’s lives for His glory. In fact, this kind of thinking actually leads to pride because then anytime we are used by God, we correlate it with us having ‘been good enough’ to be used by God. Guess how I know this? I used to be this way.

Thankfully, God’s grace changed my focus from me to Him to such a point that after I write this story I probably won’t be thinking about the mission He had me fulfill at Walgreens at all anymore, except just to think of Andrea and Aleisha and pray for them as they come to my heart.

I don’t have time to replay in my mind over and over again how God used me because it’s not about me. It’s all about Him and once your current mission is accomplished, the best thing to do is thank God …A LOT… and then look forward to His next mission for you, staying sensitive to the Spirit.

We have to believe that no matter what is going on at the moment, God has this uncanny way of having us in the right place at the right time and He will lead us to the right people and even show us what to say.

So the next time the devil tries to throw you out of whack by throwing some undesirable circumstance at you, ignore him and turn to God and say, “God, although this doesn’t feel fun right now I choose to believe you are causing this whole deal to work together for my good according to Romans 8:28 and I submit to whatever it is that you want to do with me in this situation.”

Have you ever dreamed of driving the devil crazy? This is a great way to do it!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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