Transaction or Interaction

One Saturday I am going about my business and my world gets “Rocked”. Have you had a day like that? I am in the grocery store looking for an open checkout line. I have become accustomed to the self-checkout’s. However, today there was a full service one open so I started putting my items on the belt. So far this is all mundane until I ask the store employee how she was doing.

Her very first response was “do you really want to know?”. I was a little taken back by her response but also intrigued by it. She went on to say “no you probably don’t want to know, so I am ok”. Immediately I told her I did want to know how she was doing. Mean while she is scanning my groceries and people are being me putting their groceries on the belt. If there every was a time to just go about my business today was it. God had other plans for her and me. She began to unload on me in the short amount of time we had. She was hurting in so many ways.She had recently lost her Grandparents who raised her, Covid seemed to get the best of her. She was depressed from it and no counselor was seeing Covid depression. At least that is what she said. I couldn’t do much at this l point other than to tell her I would be praying for her. I also gave her information about our church and invited her to visit. She also lamented about not being able to go to church because of Covid.

I left the store and started driving home somewhat dumbfounded. I prayed for her as soon as I sat in my car and asked God to move in her life. I also thought about the interaction I had with her. The Holy Spirit began to minister to me that we all to often go through life having “Transactions” instead of having “Interactions”.

The definition of transaction- the action of conducting business. Unfortunately this is what we do most of the time. However the Lord made me have an “interaction” with this young lady. Interaction-communication or direct involvement with someone or something. The reason we stay away from this one is it takes time and some effort.

Interaction is how Jesus lived His life. Whether it was with the woman at the well(John 4:4-28), Mary about to get stoned to death(John 8:1-11), Nicodemus in the middle of the night (John 3:1-21)or having Peter put his net on the other side of the boat(Luke 5:5-7). Jesus showed us how to do life while in earth.

Like I said, my world was rocked in a good way. We as Christians are Gods representatives here on earth. He wants to use us for His Kingdoms glory and advancement. I challenge all of us to “interact’ with this world. This gives Jesus an opportunity to minister to the people we meet.

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