“How is the darkness
going to ‘see the Light’
if the Light doesn’t show UP?”
This morning, as I was thinking about what lies ahead, I remembered one of the Scriptures I had included in yesterday’s post, & knew it was perfect for today’s… “The Light in Black Friday”.
” 7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! ~Matthew 7:7-11
It was the last one that grabbed me this morning… “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” By His Word, I was reminded instantly [& again] of the post that has been a year in the making. And with Black Friday two days [really one] away… it is about time I get it done. 😉 And although the name escapes me, another post to be written, joins with this one now to include…
“I can think of no better time to let our lights so shine, or to let down our nets, then The Present!”
For a very long time I would say… “Why would I want to purposely see people at an all time low & at their worst? There is nothing that I need that BADLY!” The reports & the tragedies that Black Friday brings out serves to darken one of the most honored celebrations… in the name of Christmas. This sickens me and furthermore, my past view [Did you notice I said past?] of “Black Friday” appeared quite evil to me & oh how I hate to see the depths of [sub] human behavior. I even have some training in it, but it just isn’t enough & I’ve already counted it as loss.
And so I stood on this platform until a few days before “Black Friday” last year. What happened to change my mind you ask? As I was telling the Lord all the reasons I have never attended a Black Friday shopping event & have no intentions of starting now
[“it’s evil” & it makes people crazy, I have no understanding of how it all works effectively, along with the fact that I have no money or job to get money, and on & on],
“How is the darkness
going to ‘see the Light’
if the Light doesn’t show UP?”
[Does this convict you as much as it did me?]
That was all I needed [or so I thought]… I was going in. I have heard it said that “sometimes God has people walk through Hell to rescue those that are stuck there.” Well I can tell you now~ “It is not ‘that bad’… a close neighbor maybe, but not Hell.”
First things first… the newspaper with all the “deals” in it. I doggy eared all the pages of interest and even made a timeline of what store opened when, a list of what I needed from each, and a flow~chart of my time & activity. It is funny to remember this now because when I had actually arrived, my agenda quickly got thrown out the window. Unbeknownst to me, “Black Friday” has rules & a protocol. I will say this, it was not a total loss, ’cause all my flyers were a hit with my new BF Friends. 😉 Amazingly, I was the only one who brought them.
Secondly, although without this there could not have been a first, I was given a gift of $500. [And $500 is like $5000 to me. Another miracle! I have learned to live with what matters most and to walk by faith & not by sight… or dollar amounts.] The money or the amount in itself meant less to me compared to the value I placed on the giver of the gift & how he would take part. I felt as though the Lord was bringing me people to share in a witness [& testimony] that was about to unfold.
At the time of “How is the darkness going to ‘see the Light’ if the Light doesn’t show UP?” and when I tried to reason with the Lord [foolish I know] all the reasons I couldn’t pull this off, I heard AGAIN~ “Trust ME!” Everything I did was a leap of faith. I knew I had nowhere to go but UP and I could [can] prove it. I must confess, when you start at ground zero it certainly helps to have faith & Trust HIM! I’d say you should try it, but you won’t hear of it any more than I did. It is not a ticket to ride most people want to buy. I know if I had choice… I wouldn’t. And I would not have even known what it could have looked like.
When I arrived at Wal-Mart [Super Wal-Mart that is] on Thanksgiving Day 2011, I soon learned that my plan to just put all the things I needed in my cart ahead of time & then check out at the designated time… was NOT going to happen. There was truly only one thing I really wanted to get from Wal-Mart when I entered the store. It was a dance game for my daughter that was normally $50 reduced to $15. All the other things I “wish listed”.
The store associates & my new BF Friends that I was “in line” with, took me under their wing throughout the entire journey. They probably saw the complete naivety in me and took pity. Love that grace! Whatever the case… “THANK YOU!” They told me what was available to me, they brought me up to speed, trained me in the way & where to go… at just the right time, & provided me with “runners” when I could not go myself.
This evening and experience was so SUPERnatural, that the encounter was even ‘out of the box’, ‘out of this world’, from the ‘darkness to the Light’, “Huge” to me. And to the people who know me, you know that… that is BIG!
[At this very point in this post, I received a phone call from a store that offered me a BIG item [no lines ~ no waiting] that just days before, I was told were totally sold out everywhere & would not be available again until after Christmas…
Stay tuned for this “Black Friday” Special!
Lord You still know how to tickle me! THANK YOU!]
There was miracle after miracle… from perfect timing, perfect spacing, just the right people for such a time all around me, to the impossible situations made possible with God… MIRACLES! More money [$25 to be exact] appeared in my wallet by the third count, even after I had ‘counted it twice’ & knew I had to put items back if I didn’t have enough [$25 to be exact]; items that had limits & of limited number were offered to me & having been so instructed as to their need, I accepted gratefully; to the very game I came in for that was GONE [“totally out”] just an hour before [& it happened not in a good way… people were knocked down to get them], was presented like this…
As I was standing in a line I could not leave for well over six hours [except for the strict 15 minute bathroom break I was allotted & it was a miracle I got back with only seconds to spare… so many people, so little grace, so much darkness outside from where I stood], from directly behind me & outside the lines came the voice of a young woman whose Mom was down the line from me said… “Does anyone need this game?”
The women to my right & to my left looked at me with their eyes & mouths wide open… speechless. I knew! As I turned around I yelled “Thank You God!” Everyone around me cheerfully clapped in amazement as I gracefully accepted the “Dance” game.
They all said “Wow, you are so lucky!” [almost unanimously]. So I boldly exclaimed as I stood in full sight…
“NO, I’m not lucky & I can prove it.
What I am is blessed & what you see is the favor of God.
I so love Jesus, with everything I have,
and now you know how much… Jesus loves me.”
[Now that’s GRACE!]
“If you [me] then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” … Matthew 7:11
♥ THANK YOU! ♥
I asked all my new BF Friends “Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” And all said “Yes” &/or “More than I needed”. I proclaimed this as well… including my “wish list”. So I heard all around me as I left from their sight… laughter & joy, no more cuss words or fight.
Saints… let’s put the True Reason for the “Season’s Greetings”, give the gifts back to the Giver, take HIS LIGHT~ and ‘put it where the light don’t shine’…
THANK YOU LORD for The Gift that keeps on giving!
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 1nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:14-16
This little light of mine …to be continued… 🙂