Once Upon A Time, I worked at a pizza place which was one of my 3 part-time jobs at the time. The place was busy as usual for that time of day because it was lunch hour, and we had a buffet. It was not unusual to have groups of people to serve at a time, but one particular group came in dirty, needing refreshments but cheerful, smiling, and glowing!
Dear Reader, as you know, this blog site is branded #LookingForGod #HEISEVERYWHERE, so allow me to share with you how I found God…in selflessness.
It was this group’s time to order. The place was crowded. Multitasking was a must! Though the place was busy, I still had to be friendly and provide great and cheerful customer service at the register, so I of course made small talk while taking their order and expressed interest in what they did. They were missionaries who had been doing manual labor in the local community like painting, etc. I was delighted because the glow of God’s Holy Spirit was upon them. Though a little out of breath, dirty, and sweaty, they didn’t seem out of energy one bit. I wanted to know more. Then the business owner husband-wife duo started breathing down my neck as usual and starting to really get on my nerves because it was a habit for them, especially the husband, to micromanage. It was ultra annoying. I was in my early twenties and was a college student and single mom at the time. Maybe, one could say that there were two forces at work here. One could represent good and the other one evil. Before me were good vibes. Behind me were negative vibes. I wanted more of the good vibes, but I know that they were just passing through and would soon leave me. The negative vibes were weighing on my spirit but were paying me to do a job. The conversation with the group was short-lived, but as a final word before shutting up like the boss wanted me to and just focusing on the task at hand, I said to the one guy who seemed the most sweaty from work, “I like your shirt.”
To my astonishment, he smiled and said, “You can have it,” and took off his shirt and gave it to me. (He got himself another shirt if he didn’t already have a plain white t-shirt underneath it. He was not half naked.) Can you imagine my eyes wide, my jaw dropping, and my eyes nearly tearing?! What? Are you sure? He was literally the type of person to give someone the shirt off his back. Nothing could stop the flow of the love of Jesus in that place! Suddenly, no one could get under my skin, not even my overbearing, micromanaging, scowling boss at the time! My spirit soared! To this day, I have and wear this t-shirt, this all black t-shirt with white lettering, just two words that ask a simple question…”got Jesus?”
I don’t know where this small group of youth and young adults came from, what place of worship they attended, or where they went afterward. If I saw them today, I probably would not recognize them, but what I witnessed that day and the feelings I felt will stay with me always. God’s Holy Spirit was there. Their aura was great. Their smiles were great. The shirt was great, but it was the selfless act of giving that drew me even closer to God’s AWESOME LOVE!!! That work day had the potential to be an awful one, but God showed up…and I found HIM…in selflessness.
“Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.” -Philippians 2:3-4 NET BIBLE (You are encouraged to read it in different versions.)
Thank you for taking time out to read my testimonies about God’s presence in places I have found HIM. It is so important to remember that God is not confined to a building. HE has no limits. HE cannot be censored. HE cannot be arrested, judged, booted out, or outlawed. HIS spirit lives in Believers, and we are HIS. May God bless and keep you and cause HIS Face to shine upon you!
Oh, and one more thing…got Jesus?