Lately, the Lord is encouraging me to break the traditional rules and regulations made by society in an effort to gain courage. To accomplish this I must stand on God’s word, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 The story I’m about to tell proves my theory, and I highly recommend that you do not do this unless the Lord leads you.
While in New York, we went shopping in China Town. A little Chinese woman approached us and soon we were chasing after her for several blocks to see her line of purses. I immediately started building a hedge of protection.
I was asked, “Are you worried?”
I shook my head. “No, not any more.”
We soon arrived at a small park and were told to sit down on a bench. While waiting for my friends, a woman sat down next to me and rolled up her sleeves to show off her line of bracelets and said, “Forty-five.” My immediately response was I’ve just landed in an insane movie scene!
I made the sad mistake of pointing at one to assure her the bracelets were indeed pretty. She started to place one on my arm as I cried, “Oh, no, no, no. I don’t wear bracelets.” I now had a silver bracelet adorning my arm.
Suddenly, she stood. “Police, twenty dollars.”
“Police,” I mumbled and looked around, believing the notion to be quite ridiculous.
As she unclasped the bracelet from my arm, the LORD said, “Give her the twenty and feed her family.”
I couldn’t get the twenty dollars our of my bag quick enough. I handed her the money and she dropped the bracelet onto my lap and walked away.
I soon found myself chasing after my comrades, they cried, “Put that bracelet away!”
Now I’m really good girl, so the absurdity of the situation made me laugh. Even more so, when a friend spotted a similar bracelet the next day and told me it was worth 500.00. My only regret is that I didn’t buy two.
Mathew 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”