“Put Back that Shopping Cart!”
It all started one day when I was shopping. I put my groceries in the car and pushed the cart off to the side, just enough to get my car out of my parking space. I never put my cart away where it should go. After all, that is what they pay their employees for, right? One day I pushed my cart aside as normal and I heard in my spirit,”Put the cart back where it goes.” I said “Me?” Of course I ignored the request and I jumped into my car and drove away.
The next time I went shopping I did not put my cart back and I heard it again. “Put the cart back where it goes.” A second time I left, but I felt an uncomfortable tug in the pit of my stomach. You know, that uneasy feeling we get when our conscience bothers us. I thought to myself, “It is not a big deal.” Week after week passed and it kept happening. I tried to ignore it but it would not go away.
One day I decided to walk the cart back. After I did it I felt great, and so proud of myself. I thought I must be crazy to get so much satisfaction doing what is right on such a small issue. But none the less, I felt good inside. I decided that I was going to put back my cart each time. I was doing pretty well when one day it started raining and I said to myself, “Surely God does not expect me to walk all the way over there in the rain to put back a stupid cart.” Please keep in mind that at that point I was obeying God, but I know I was not having a good attitude about it. Well I did not put the cart back and went to go get in my car. I felt that uneasy feeling come over me again, so I got out of my car and stomped over to the cart and walked it, well probably more like I ran over and put it back. I was mad that God was making me do this all the time, but afterward I felt that I had done the right thing. Time went by, and I was faithful each time, of course it rained, snowed and the wind blew me away, and don’t forget that I always got a parking spot a mile away from any cart return area, but I did it anyways.
10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.
I hear those words in my spirit sometimes. God is always fine tuning me and just when I think I have something mastered, God broadens my understanding and takes it to a new level. As I mature, God gives me more and more to be responsible for. I think that is because of my obedience. I thought the lesson was learned until one day I heard in my spirit, “Pick up that trash that someone else dropped,” and I thought, “Here we go again...”
By Kristine Mulholland
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