We scheduled our last, regular small group, before taking a summer break gathering in a local park.  This way the kids could “run amuck” and we would have a nice quiet place to talk, laugh and just enjoy each other’s company. Well because we decided to do this last-minute AND it happened to be a big high school graduation weekend, there weren’t any pavilions available.  We finally found one open but it was not as secluded as we had wanted. We had hoped for a pavilion that just our group could enjoy without being “bothered” by others.

We arrived at the park and started setting up. We were right beside the playground, so the kids were able to go and play, while the adults hung back and talked. I noticed that there were about 5 kids that kept hanging around our kids, playing with them and the toys they brought. After we had been there a while, I heard one of our ladies, Meagan, tell her son to run to their van and get his old flip-flops out and bring them to her. When Beau brought them back to her, I watched her go up to one of the little boys playing by us and ask him to take off his shoes. When I looked at him, I noticed that he had on some old broken, sandals. They literally had one little strap that kept them on his feet. She told him to try on the flip-flops her son had retrieved from their car. They fit him perfectly. He got the biggest smile on his face and she told him, “ you can have these”.  I heard him say, with such excitement, “I have some flip-flops!” He ran off in those shoes and I saw him showing other kids, “his new flip-flops”.  Our entire group saw what she did and realized, at that very moment, how God had orchestrated that whole event. He knew we needed to be at that park! He knew we needed to serve! I was so caught up in us being able to hang out with each other, without being “bothered” by others, that I lost sight of why we are there.

What God has called us to do is minister and serve, every day in every situation. We do not get to choose who we influence, that is God’s job! We simply live life, expecting to give God glory! I am so proud of Meagan and her servant’s heart. She was paying attention when most of us were preoccupied with our own lives. We all learned a lesson that day and realized, God can show up anywhere and that we need to be watching for Him and noticing the needs of others.

(story submitted by the Wilhoite LifePoint Small Group)

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