Monday Musings for 3.15.21


Dear Friends,

Sharon Vasel sent me this delightful story.

Someone was shopping in a big store and heard a loud crash.  Multiple items had broken.  Without even seeing what had happened, that much was obvious.  She went to investigate.  It was a shopping cart accident.  An older shopper had misjudged a corner and steered her cart into a tall display, which then came crashing down.  It was quite a mess.  Many items were shattered.

The older shopper who had caused all this was on her knees.  She was extremely embarrassed.   Frantically she was trying to clean things up.  It was all her fault.  She would make it right.  People were gathered around her, doing nothing but gawking.

But the woman who heard the crash had to do something.  She knelt down beside this poor woman and told her not to worry.  She helped her pick up the broken pieces.

After about a minute of this, the store manager appeared.  He got on his knees next to them and said, “Leave it all there.  We will clean it up.”

The woman who was responsible said, “I want to pay you for all the damage.”

He said, “No, we have insurance for this.  You don’t have to pay a thing.  These things happen.  It’s really nothing.  Please don’t let this ruin your day.”

This story was told in the first person by the shopper who witnessed all this, the one who was on her knees helping the embarrassed woman.  She closed with this:

Wherever you are, close your eyes, and imagine God doing the same for you!  Imagine the broken pieces of your mistakes or the pieces of your broken heart from all the blows life has thrown at you.  Imagine them all over the floor, and you’re trying to pick them up and fix them yourself.  Now imagine God comes and kneels right down beside you, smiles and says to you.  “Leave it all there.  I will clean this up for you.” 

He loves you so much and wants to put all those pieces back together if you will let him!  With him we have this insurance policy called grace.  It’s free.  All you have to do is ask him to forgive you, help you, and heal you.  He’s faithful.  I promise.

In Christ,