A Search for Legos Leads to a Kingdom Encounter
The boys have been on the hunt for the new Lego figures from the Lego Movie. We even went to the Lego store today, and they didn't have them in, and neither did Target. So I told the boys we’d stop by one more store after we picked up Annalisa from youth group tonight. We were going to be getting home later then expected, and I was hoping to get home because I was starting to have some pain from my recent surgery. But the boys didn't forget, and I had promised, so we stopped by another Target by our house. As we walked, in I realized there weren't any shoppers, just us. I realized the store must be closing very soon.
As we headed over to the toy section, an employee said, “Hey, can I help
you?” (i.e., “How can I get you out of here sooner than later?”) I asked if the store was closing, and she said it was.
“Could you help us find the Lego movie figures,” I asked.
To my surprise, she said, “Yeah, they should be right over here down this aisle.” But they weren't. Instead of rushing us out, she said, “I'm going to find them for you. They should be out. I put some out the other day, and I need to put more out on display.”
I told her, “You just might get 3 big hugs from these boys if can find those Legos!” She started checking all around, calling other employees. She was diligently trying to serve us, even when they came over the intercom telling customers to please come to the front as we are closing. The lights in certain areas of the store were going off. It was really time to get our stuff and go. “Hey,” I said, “we can come back tomorrow. I know you’re closing.” She insisted on trying some more. She again called others in the store, asking where the Lego figures were at.
I wish I could say she found the Legos, but she couldn’t track them down. I was just really thankful for the way she was going out of her way to help, even when the store was closing. I told the boys, “Let’s all give her a big thank you,” and explained to them how much she was really trying to help us. I was proud of
them; instead of whining because they did'nt get the Legos, they told her thank you.
She was a younger girl, and I'm sure she was ready to close and get on home, but she really tried to serve us. I felt in my heart, Lord how can we serve her? As I wondered that, I felt as the Holy Spirit spoke to me about a condition in her body. To be honest, I thought, I'm going to miss it. She looks healthy, and I'm tired, hurting, and ready to go home. But instead, I said, “Let me ask you a question. Are you having issues with your neck?”
She looked at me a little shocked and said yes. “I have a disc issue in my neck,” she explained.
“Well, the reason I asked you about your neck is because I get these pictures and impression for people.” She looked a bit intrigued by that. “We are followers of Jesus, and that's how I got that impression about your neck. Can we pray for your neck?” She said OK. I could tell she was a bit nervous, but I could also she realized I couldn't have known about her neck. I asked her what her pain level was on a scale from 1 to 10.
“I'm not experiencing any pain right now,” she said. “But when I do, which is daily, it's like an 8 or more pain level.”
“Well, is it OK that we pray now, even though you’re not experiencing any pain at the moment?” She said sure, so I said, “Boys, let's pray for her.” The first one of the boys over to help pray was Tyler, which surprised me a bit because of his struggle with PANDAS. He doesn't like to interact or touch or be touched, and he’s had a relapse in his tics. I definitely thought he would stay more behind me, but no. He put his hand on her shoulder, and began to help me pray. As soon as we started, those tics started up, but he didn't back away. I was so proud of him. Yes, it was awkward, and the lie of the enemy came, how can you pray for someone else when you’re still healing from surgery and your boy is dealing with his own sickness?
The two younger boys came over to pray as well. I prayed for her neck and said, “The Lord is going to give you a sign that He is touching and healing your neck. You’re going to feel a warm tingling over your neck.”
“Thank you,” she said quickly.
“Did you feel that,” I asked.
She looked at me with a surprised look in her eyes and said, “YES! I did! I’m feeling something. It was weird, but cool!!! It was a tingling feeling.” I thanked her for taking the time to help us, and she said, “Hey, I won't be here tomorrow, but I will text the two guys that will and let them know so they can help you find the Legos tomorrow.”
We were walking out of the store as lights were going off. No Legos, but our search for Legos led into a kingdom encounter.
Remember the Kingdom of God is at hand, even late at night when you’re tired, going through your own healing process, and your boy is struggling through a sickness. Your pain shouldn't ever keep you from releasing healing and love to
others and putting Jesus on display. We are all wounded healers at some level but never let the conflict and pain in your own life keep you from the commissioning of the gospel.