Isn’t it amazing when God pours out His grace and gives unmerited favor?
I certainly think so. For example…
There is a woman at Trader Joe’s who is one tough cookie. The first time I met her she told me that everyone thinks she is not very nice (this is the G version) and she doesn’t mind. It seems like she wants to come off that way. Well, we were working next to one another the other day and I asked her about the significance of her tattoos. She has quite a few and I know that she is proud of them.
She looked at me for a second, gauging why I might be asking that question, and then she says, “I think I can trust you.” Then, she tells me about how she had a verbally abusive childhood which has led to low self-esteem and poor self-image. She has never liked the way she looks and, despite walking around like a confident and intimidating lady, she is very insecure. She feels like everyone looks at her and judges her. She began getting tattoos 3 years ago because she thought, “I might as well put some art that I like over my skin since I don’t like it very much. And, if people are going to look at me, I might as well give them something to look at.” So, she has tattoos all over and loves to show them off.
I share this story simply because I was blessed and honored that she would tell me such personal information. It could be easy to be turned off by her demeanor, but she is a broken woman who desperately needs the love of Christ. I thank God for the favor He has given.
Another example is that a guy and a gal from work want me to marry them this August! They were saving for a wedding that would take place next summer, but they have decided to have a small, extremely small, a 5 person (including me!) small wedding. They want to drive up to Tahoe, pull over along the Mt Rose Hwy, get married, and continue on to Tahoe to celebrate over a meal! I have worked with both of them a dozen times and I was surprised and excited to be asked to do their wedding. I am hopeful for the opportunity to share the gospel as well as participate in their wedding! What a blessing!!!
The last example happened just 4 days ago. One of the supervisors told me that I was going to be his floor leader the following morning. The floor leader is the supervisor’s right hand man for the shift. They help keep everyone on task, make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, and make sure that things are running smoothly. It is pretty amazing that I was asked to do this and I haven’t been working at Trader Joe’s for three months.
After the shift, I asked the supervisor why he chose me to be the floor leader and he said, “Because you have a lot of potential. You could really go far with Trader Joe’s if you wanted to. I know you are leaving in a few months but I want to give you the opportunity to grow and lead. You have a great attitude and you work hard. We need people like you to set the tone. You did a great job today.”
Favor. It is God’s unmerited favor. Glory to God in the highest!