“This is an outrage” I thought to myself, as the staff in the charity shop were nowhere to be seen. I purposely chose this local store in a bid to develop the town’s commerce but how that choice had come back to bite me. I stood for at least four minutes at the till with a box of handmade Christmas cards in my fingers, which were quickly turning blue. I started to huff quietly. It was the sort of noise that might be associated with a toddler who had been denied some shiny fabric in the supermarket.
I had places to be. Oh how I longed for the freedom to drop my daily tasks and do my own thing like these vacant volunteers. My huffs became muttered words. ”Does anyone work here?” I asked with a subtle annoyance in my tone. Nobody answered for a few seconds until a shopper soon perked up. “Have some patience young lad” an elderly man replied.
This response sparked a horror show in my mind. There I was, waiting to support my local charity, asking a perfectly natural question, and getting flack from some human doormat!
I turned to the queue behind me to win them over with my disgruntled stares, only to notice them all focussing on the same area in the shop. I repositioned my head and saw two ambulance men treating an old woman with oxygen less than three feet away from me. I hadn’t even clocked what was going on. In fact I walked past the lady moments earlier with no clue. The staff were keeping her spirits up with tea and blankets.
I felt like a complete and utter moron. Why don’t I just use my head? Why can’t I disperse a fraction of the grace God has given to me in abundance?
The first chapter of the book of James has now become my prayer for myself in the coming days and weeks. Have a gander and allow yourself to get smashed around a bit by the Word.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.