About 10 days, ago, Jeff & I went browsing for flat screen tv's. We had no idea how God would show up. Sadly, we weren't looking for him, but how we saw God in this has been a wonderful Christmas gift!
We met Meshaun, a salesman. He was ready to deal, bargain, you name it. "Really. It's a great deal. We aren't ready to buy. Thank you."
"I understand. I have a question. Is there anything I can do to get you to make a decision today? We'd like to take you out of the market, and we'll do whatever we can to make that happen." It was so authentic, different than most...we were caving.
"We want to buy it just to buy it from you!" He smiled. He practiced lots of silence. Brilliant. "This is difficult, but no, we're not going to buy it today. Give us your name and number, and if we do buy it, we would like to buy it from you." We made it! Close call.
A few days later, we called the number. We were ready. We exchanged calls and planned our purchase trip. Meshaun was with another customer. He was making a sale, focused as he should be on his customer. We waited. Waited. Grew tired. Waited. "Hey, we'll come back tomorrow and catch you then." He protested some, promised it wouldn't be much longer, but we assured him we'd be back.
We went back the next day at lunch time. We didn't see him. Another salesperson said, "He's here. I'll let him know you're here if I see him." Really? You're not going to go look for him? Nope, he wasn't, and neither did the next person we asked. Simply amazing. So, we called his cell, left a message, waited a few minutes, and left for lunch. We heard from him a couple hours later apologizing that he'd missed us. At this point, we were over our enthusiasm, and considered not purchasing again. He called two more times, so we went again that evening. He sold more than we planned to buy. We bought, and felt happy about our purchase decision. I explained the customer service scenario we faced trying to locate him in the store. He asked if we'd please talk to the manager about our experience. "I really want my customers to have a good experience.
Christmas Eve morning: There was a last minute decision to purchase a gift. I went to see Meshaun. He greeted me, I made the purchase, and after the sale, Meshaun started talking a bit. I was floored at the story that unfolded. I asked a few clarifying questions, but this is what he said.
"I still have to get my 13 year old daughter a gift. I was sorta grumbling this morning about having to work, but as my roommate was leaving for his dialysis treatement, I got perspective. God's been really good to me. I mean really good to me. I've been blessed in huge ways. I really trust God.
You know, I actually live at the Center for the Homeless. I also work part time in a local factory. I got divorced about five years ago. My daughter lives in Holland, MI, but there's no work there. I went back to Memphis about 3 years ago to care for my mother when she was sick. After she got better, I came back to this area to be closer to my daughter. The Center for the Homeless has a transitional program; I don't have addictions or anything like that. I got an opportunity to buy a car for $100 that was donated. It was a huge blessing for me. It wasn't much but it was great for me.
God's just really been good to me. When I trust God, when I really let go of trying to make things happen, it goes so much better. When I first got here, I was desperate for transportation, and I bought a bike. I wasn't listening to God. I just had to have that bike, and I made it happen. The bike got stolen. I was ticked. God's my best friend. I try to talk to him and listen a lot. Well, I let him know how I angry I was. Yeah, that's when I got the oppportunity to get the car for $100. I really need to listen to God. I know that I can trust him.
I've been doing so well. I just got an opportunity to get my dream car. It's a 2001 Honda. I love it. I wasn't sure what to do with my $100 car. I still have it. A guy asked me today if he could borrow it to go visit his daughter for Christmas. I let him borrow it. I'm going to sign the title over to him. I've been blessed. He's gonna be blessed.
I'm really trying to listen to God. You gotta have a personal relationship with God; it's all about really listening. I was thinking that I'm ready to move out into my own place. It's not yet though. They have this weather amnesty program at the homeless center where they let all the people in from the streets. They're sleeping everywhere. I got an opportunity to talk to some guys, encourage them, so I know God still wanted me there for that. I'm sorry. I'm taking all your time. I guess I just needed to talk."
No. I guess I just needed to listen. It was a great Christmas gift!