I was running errands for myself, and other family members, in downtown Port Perry. One item on my list was raspberries for my mom. Mom had unfortunately not given me enough money to buy raspberries in that particular store.
I had a choice, I could not get the raspberries, because I hadn't been sent with enough money, or I could buy them with my own money. Instead, I turned to what has always been most effective for me, in good decision making; asking God.
It may sound like too small an issue to some people, but nothing is too small for God to be interested in. So I prayed, and He impressed upon me not to get the raspberries, even though I could have, but to call Mom.
Mom suggested getting the raspberries at one of two other stores, which sell them cheaper. After getting off the phone with her, I asked the Lord about which store to get the raspberries from. After getting an inkling, which comes from the word incline, I went to a specific grocery store.
While in line, an elderly woman ahead of me, asked if I would carry her groceries out to her car, because she had a “bad” back. To ensure she didn't feel she was a burden, I replied, “Of course! It'd be my pleasure!” And carried her groceries out.
After placing her groceries in the car, feeling the nudge of the Lord again, I said to her, “This may sound random. But do you mind if I pray for your back?”
Her face lit up, and she said, “Of course not! Please do!” So I gently placed my hand on her back, and she did the same to me, and I prayed.
“Dear Lord, I believe you made backs and you can heal backs. Please touch and heal this lady's back, and give her a wonderful day no matter what happens. Amen. In Jesus name.”
Afterward, she thanked me, and I said for her to have a nice day.
This “chance” meeting was not a matter of coincidence. It was a series of guided steps from the Lord. If I had done, what's called “the logical thing” and bought the raspberries at the first store with my own extra money, I would not have ended up praying for this woman.
We can't know all the variables in our days, but God does. He sees a grander picture that only He could orchestrate. We need to trust Him to do His part, but ask Him what steps He wants us to take in this moment, and then we get to obey His leading.
Remember, nothing's too small to ask God about, not even raspberries.