Yes, you read the title to this post correctly. I met Jesus at the mall. NO, it was not the first time we’ve met, but I’d have to say it was the first time I was particularly aware of meeting Him there. It was amazing!
You have, by now, read other posts related to a recent visit I had from a very dear friend and priest from the northeast who came to my home recently and what a blessing it was for me to have him as my houseguest for a week. On the evening of his last day here, he needed to have some exercise as he is having a very difficult time with his knees, hip and back and it seems doctors aren’t much help (pray please, dear readers) and so we set off to the mall.
I know you are aware of and praying for my vocation and financial provision needs, so when I say I’d not been in the mall in a couple of years, you’ll no doubt understand. So, off we went at our own pace with agreed upon places and times to reconnect. I have a foot injury so couldn’t keep pace with my eternally young retired priest friend. Recalling that the mall used to have a Christian bookstore, I set off to find it. This turned out to be a challenge in a mall that’s arranged to get you lost inside never to find your way out. Not only did I have difficulty finding the store, but mall employees seemed doubtful that it existed. It did.
Upon finding it, I did advise its solitary employee that perhaps a bit of promotion might be in order. He greeted me joyfully and in answer to his “how are you today” I cannot say what I replied with, but it’s common for me to slip Jesus into the conversation and my need for a job . . . so common that it comes naturally to me. He responded with “yes, sister. How can we be anything but amazing with the Lord in our heart?” Next thing I knew, hearing my mention of “the only thing that would make it better would be . . . ” related to my financial provision challenge, he stepped from behind the counter, took one of my hands in his own, raised his other hand toward the sky and prayed quite spectacularly for me! The Holy Spirit was upon him as he prayed knowing truths I never revealed.
I no longer knew what my intended purpose in coming to his store was. I was overjoyed at finding Jesus there and literally floated out of the store on the wings of His love for me. In trusting the Lord to lead, we never know exactly what will be asked of us in the road ahead, and ministry for Him can take many forms. For this man at the mall, his job as a store clerk is a ministry and this touched my heart in a big way. I’m not a fan of shopping malls, I admit, however when I pass one now I will be thinking of Jesus and thanking HIm for always supplying my needs.
Scripture says to pray without ceasing. This means, I believe, that we are to invite Jesus into everything in our lives, even something as seemingly mundane as a bit of mall walking! At all times and in all places, praise Him with a thankful heart!