Tuesday, 20 October 2020

M Michele's Musings

Angels Among Us

It seems with this Caronavirus outbreak, the world, or at least some people in our great nation, have gone somewhat mad and selfish in their shopping habits.  People are frequenting the grocery stores buying up and squabbling in the aisles over toilet paper, bread, water and every kind of commodityimaginable.  Just yesterday, a co-worker shared an incident a friend experienced while shopping in these panic-stricken days.  Since the information is third hand the details may be off a bit but hopefully the story blesses you as it did me even if not exactly re-told. 

For the purpose of this story I will call my co-worker’s friend, “Angel” because I believe that was what she was to the young mother in this story.  Angel was shopping for milk and there were only four half gallons left on the almost bare shelves, she chose one and placed it in her buggy.  Two other shoppers, a lone man and a young mother and child approached the milk section.  Before the young mother could grab one of the half gallons the man hurriedly grabbed all three of the remaining milk cartons swiftly placing them in his buggy.  The young mother kindly asked if he could give up one of the milks for her child.The man replied with a short snappy retort, Nope. Find your own, I gotta look out for me, and quickly left the area. 

Angel, appalled beyond measure, stood by and watched the scenario in disbelief.  Angel lost no time, with a few kind words she gave the young mother the milk out of her buggy, turned, threw her purse in the buggy and made haste to follow the man.  Angel was in hot pursuit, all the while, speaking to the man as to how in the world could he deny a mother and her child one of those milks.  He rushed through the store urgently trying to get away from Angel but she was fast on his heels.  By now Angel and the man were drawing looks from all the other shoppers in the area.  Angel was unrelenting in her tenacity to challenge the man.  She watched as the man began to sweat, his neck and face beginning to turn beet red as embarrassment crawled upward from his toes to the top of his head.  Finally, the man could not take the pressure any longer; he turned and put one of the three milks in Angel’s cart.   I am sure the man left from Angel’s presence as quickly as he could, perhaps with his head hung low, avoiding staring eyes.  He was probably thankful for the whole ordeal to be over, with at least two milks still safely in hand.        

I love this story.  First of all, Angel, seeing a greater need,gave her milk unselfishly to the young mother and child.  Without hesitation she made a quick and decisive decision.  Here were two sides of humanity being played out in a matter of seconds in the middle of a bustling grocery store.  One attitude was selfish and uncaring while the other was unselfish and kind.  Angel was an angel that day to the young mother and child.  I would like to think, that most of us would have been an “angel” that day as well. 

However, Angel didn’t stop there, she went a step further when she boldly confronted the man’s selfishness.  This is something I probably would not have done given my shyness and non-confrontational manner.  Had it been me, I would have given the mother the milk but I would have gone home empty handed.Not Angel; she realized the man had committed a deeply selfish action and was brave enough to call the man out on it pursuing him until he relinquished one of the milks.  Sometimes our angels come in the form of someone who fights for us and battles on our behalf.  Sometimes battles have to be fought in order to bring about good change in individuals and the world.Yes, our angels even come in the form of adversity or confrontation.  I am sure the whole scenario was terribly embarrassing for the man but hopefully the healthy dose of embarrassment given that day by Angel taught him alesson or two.  If the man repented in his heart then Angel was instrumental in bringing about good changes in him.  And even if his heart was not softened to the point of repentance perhaps the next time he finds himself in a similar situation he will think twice about his choices.

In my own life, I have many such angels that have confronted things I have said or done and I am very thankful for all the “angels” God has put in my life.Angels can be found in the form of our parents, spouses, children, family, friends and yes, even strangers.  Every one of us needs a little embarrassment, attitude readjustment or correctionat one time or the other to keep us on track or get us back on track.  Granted, wedo not always like or appreciateour angel’s counsel or correction but in the end, it has hopefully served us all well and we are all better people for it, if we heeded the advice and let it change us from the inside out.

There are our human angels but there are also the God given angelssent to watch over, protect and bring blessings into our lives.  God has sent His angels to keep charge over us because of the great loveHe has for each and every one of us.  Oh, how He loves us!

“For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” -Psalm 91:11-12

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” -Exodus 23:20

“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. Praise the LORD, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word. Praise the LORD, all His heavenly hosts, you His servants who do His will. Praise the LORD, all His works. Everywhere in His dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.” -Psalm 103:19-22

Yes, His angels are everywhere, walking among us both in flesh and in spirit.  During this difficult time let us try to be an angel to someone, helping our family, friends and neighbors.  Praying that during this trying time God will bless you and send out His ministering angels to keep charge over you.  Praying that He will provide every need and that no sickness will come near your dwelling (Psalms 91:10b).  Never forget that He loves you with an everlasting love and cares for you.  You matter to God!

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright March 2020~ Michele LeDouxAbshire

 

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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