I will admit that on Thursday night when all the people started telling me that the official forecast was for at least 4" of snow on Friday/Saturday, I freaked out. Not only because Friday and Saturday are two of our biggest days business wise, but snow on March 7th!?!?! It wasn't enough that it was 105 degrees for our fall/winter sale in 2007 that we now had to have 4" of snow for the Spring/Summer 2008 sale. Was God trying to tell me something? I worried and worried all the while knowing that all those crazy thoughts did no good whatsoever. I began to earnestly pray that I would get out of God's way. People couldn't see the light of Jesus in me if I was too busy covering it up with useless worry. So I prayed. AND PRAYED. I asked others to pray. We all prayed and as I typed this morning, the attendance last night was GREAT!
As I typed the blog this morning, I honestly thought that based on the weather outside, we would be lucky to have 10 shoppers today but I was honestly in a great mood. God had answered our prayer for last night and I wasn't about to ask for another great day when we could have had a dud last night. When I got to the store this morning, not only was I shocked that I actually had workers show up, but soon after we started getting ready, we had people wanting to come in and shop even though we didn't open until 10am. It is now 8:24pm and although I am EXHAUSTED, I had to post that we had our second highest Saturday EVER! I could not believe the number of people that came through today.
The one thing that impacted me the most today was that when a worker left this afternoon, she came over to me and said, "I don't know why, but I just feel the need to hug you. You are the hands and feet of Jesus, you know that right?" It didn't hit me at first what she had really just said, but the more I sat there and thought about it, the more it impacted me. Had she really seen Christ in me?
I know in a few years, I might not remember the craziness of the last 24 hours as freshly as I do now, but I doubt I will ever forget Sherry leaning down and hugging me and saying that.
THANK YOU LORD for allowing me to not only have a business I used to dream about, but allowing me to be able to share my faith in doing that business. I hope to continue to somehow be your hands and feet.