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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (don’t write about the song) (06/04/15)
- TITLE: Second-Hand Rose Angel
By Lynn Kowal
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I was in heaven â€¦ but I was also on the clock ...
Because of ministry demands, I never had enough time or opportunity to search for clothes, and right now I needed a suede or leather winter coat. I was in a second-hand store that was located right off the highway in Regina as we were passing by on our way home from a service in Moose Jaw, so this was obviously providence â€¦.
As I began pawing my way through the selection, I tried to concentrate, but I knew that my husband was sitting outside in our car tapping his fingers to the 15-minute time allotment that we had agreed upon.
Just as I started towards a green suede jacket that might be in my size, I spotted a little old lady shuffling over me. She had a rosebud-covered dress in her hands, and a lonely look in her eyes.
â€śCan you help me with this?â€ť She asked, as if I were the sales lady putting out new merchandise. â€śDo you think this dress contains the right pattern for me to remake into a party dress?â€ť
I gathered what politeness I could muster while trying to find the price tag on the green suede jacket, and said that I thought it would be really nice.
â€śBecause you see,â€ť she continued, â€śI can take any kind of fabric or print and make something else out of it, and I need a new dress for our church program. My husband died a year ago, and my son and grandson donâ€™t live in town, so it is hard for me to get anyone else's opinion.â€ť
I repeated that I thought it would be nice, searching over her head for the cashierâ€™s desk.
â€śWhat are you looking to buy?â€ť she asked me.
I told her that I wasnâ€™t from Regina, that my husband and I were ministers of a street-front ministry in Kenora, Ontario, and that he was outside in the car waiting for me.
â€śOh â€¦ Youâ€™re a preacher?â€ť She said, â€śI give money to television evangelists all the time."
I answered that I thought it was wonderful of her to want to bless other people, but when I saw her open her purse and take out money, I protested, saying that I didnâ€™t tell her about our ministry just for her to give us something. â€śHereâ€™s $10.00,â€ť she insisted, pressing it into my hand.
I thanked her so much, and, looking up, saw my husband walk through the door. I slumped my shoulders in utter defeat and prayed, â€śOkay, Lord â€¦ I give up. Never mind about what I want, Iâ€™ll just be with this lady instead.â€ť
My husband quietly stood behind her while I asked this dear one if I might pray. I gently took her hands in mine, and asked the Lord to bless her, and give her a good friend in Regina so that she wouldnâ€™t feel so lonely anymore. There were tears in her eyes as she thanked me and walked away.
â€śOkay,â€ť I said to my husband, ferociously shoving him out of the way so that I could run back to the coats, â€śIâ€™ll take this green suede one here â€“ and oh, there is a tan leather one as well. Letâ€™s go.â€ť
As I got to the cashierâ€™s desk one minute later â€“ I was amazed to see that the price for both of these two coats came to exactly $10.00.
God had sent a second-hand â€śroseâ€ť angel to watch over me.
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