My church has a food pantry which is open every Sunday morning and we provide free food to anyone who needs it. We get “day old” goods from a variety of supermarkets and food stores – everything from produce and bread to milk and meats.
It’s not a coincidence.
My TV broke down last week. It was an old-fashioned one so at first I thought it was my chance to get a new HDTV. But I just lost my full-time job. But – next week is Black Friday and the stores are advertising their special already. I found a 19″ HDTV in Target for $99. Ok, I can handle that. I shouldn’t, but I could.
I called my neighbor, Saxton, to take the broken TV to the dumpster for me and he said, I gave 2 TVs to a friend and he’s not using them. I’ll go get them and see if they still work.
Sure, I said, can’t be free!
He shows up yesterday with the TVs – both the old kind. The first one, a black 19″, didn’t have a remote and we couldn’t change the channel to connect to DishNetwork. He brings the 2nd one in and it’s the exact same model as the one that broke. A Magnavox 19″. Works perfectly. Didn’t even have to reprogram the remote!
I bought my Maganvox in Costco back in North Miami around 1998. I brought it in the back seat of my car cross country. What were the chances that my friend had the exact same TV in Phoenix?
I could still go and spend $100 for a new HDTV, but I don’t NEED it now. I’ll use that $100 to pay my electric bill.
So, I’m on Facebook last night and as see a post from a friend, “Does anyone out there have a digital converter box they’re not using?”
I happen to have 2 of them. 2 years ago when every one went digital, I got them for my old TVs and got all the local stations with some rabbit ear antennas. When I moved a year later to where I am now, in a lovely area surrounded my hills and mountains, the rabbit ears only caught a couple of stations because of the mountains. I had to get DishNetwork. I put the digital converter boxes in a box in a closet along with a bunch of other equipment that I’m no longer using, but you never know who may need it.
I was able to pass on the gift.
Don’t repay kindness, pass it on.
And don’t tell me it was a coincidence! It was a God Thing!
Next week (9/23-24) is the Women of Faith Conference in Phoenix. I’ve been trying every which way to reach their organization to see if I could get some recognition about being the 2nd place winner of their writing contest. I mean if it weren’t for last year’s conference, I wouldn’t have known about the contest.
Finally today, I got an email from the gal who’s in charge of the media and though she said that they can’t acknowledge me from the stage, she will interview me, get a few pix and put me on their Facebook page. There’s also a local blogger who’ll be writing about the conference who’ll be contacting me for an interview.
Yay, God! He came through!
After work I drive up to see my chiropractor and I made a deal – an adjustment for a signed hardcover copy of my novel. As I was going in and she was commenting how exciting it was to have the book, a patient coming out saw it. I gave her one of my bookmarks and she’s going to mention it in her Christian Preschool’s newsletter.
Heavenly timing? You bet!
Thank you, Lord for the blessings today. I am content and at peace in you love and kindness.
May you see God’s blessings every day in your life also.
Further Reading: God’s Timing
Last Sunday when I get to my church’s food pantry to work, I find that we have 400 dozen eggs! Yeah, that’s not a typo — these didn’t make the Easter Bunny’s basket.
So I decided to bring a case home with me and give to all my neighbors. I had a carton of 18 extra so when my Avon lady, Sally, came by with my order, I gave her a carton of eggs.
Here’s what she wrote me….
Coincidence? I think not!
After I left your place with 18 eggs on Saturday, I decided to drop by the home of a woman who signed up recently to sell Avon, to see how she was doing. Here’s her story:
She and her husband have 6 children; the oldest is 14. She is American-born, but her husband is Mexican, and illegal. They have been working for 7 years to go through everything needed to make him legal. Two weeks ago, he rolled through a stop sign instead of coming to a complete halt. He got stopped by a police officer. Bottom line, they found out he’s illegal. So he’s been in jail waiting for them to sort everything out. They’ve provided all the documents showing that they were working on getting him legalized, but the wheels of justice grind slowly. She hasn’t been working outside the home to speak of, since she has the kids to tend to. She got a couple of cleaning jobs, and she’s waiting for financial assistance to carry her over until her husband is (hopefully) freed. So it was pretty obvious to me why you gave me those eggs; I passed them on to her.
Just a carton of eggs….