Spiritual Practice


Margaret DeWire, 23

All I wanted was to grab lunch from a sub shop, get back on the road, and meet my mother for lunch. The place was packed, ordering my sub took forever, and I would be late. I wore my annoyed, unhappy look clearly on my face.

When only two people stood in front of me, the woman at the front of the line handed the cashier a hundred dollar bill. The cashier didn’t have change. As I stood there, even more frustrated, I felt God whisper to me, “Pay.”

I gave my debit card to the cashier and said, “Here, I’ll take care of it.”

“May those who bless you be blessed.”
Numbers 24:9b (NIV)

Dumbfounded, the woman asked my name and said, “I will pray for you. Thank you so much; you have blessed me.”

I smiled at her, thinking, Maybe God had me running late today so that I could be a blessing.

By the time I met my mother for lunch, I was in a great mood. I sat down with her and her coworkers and told them what had happened. The Lord allowed me to be a blessing to the women in line, the cashier, the other people in the shop, and my mother’s coworkers. I was glad to know my mom was proud of me, but I smiled to think that God was proud of me.


THINK ABOUT IT: Blessing has a ripple effect. When you are a blessing, how many other people are blessed?

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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