Oh! My! Isn’t it just the most glorious thing when you experience a serendipitous moment!
I have been helping out at the preschool this week helping to get the place all spiffed up for Christmas! It really is such a joyful place to be! And, I do so love decorating with the children (and parents and teachers) in mind. So, I had almost finished and just lacked a couple of things to put the finishing touch in place. Since it was ‘Levi’ day, I decided I needed to make a run to ACS (a certain store) before he was out of school. I also needed to pick up a gift for a Christmas Wish our Sunday School class was doing.
So off I went with my list of 4 …just 4…things. Found them all quickly and for some unknown, crazy reason…turkeys came to mind. Perhaps the adventure from Thanksgiving was on my mind, or perhaps I remembered that I usually get my favorite turkey at W M. Any way, I made my way from one side of the store to the other.
Now, I don’t know about you…but it is dangerous for me to be turned loose in ACS. I just pass by so many things that I had forgotten I needed. (I used to favor the one with the big red circle and still like it better than ACS, but that’s another story for another day. Sure do miss that store. ) Anyway, by the time I had made my way to the other side of the store, I had picked up a blanket, 2 candles, a box or two of cookies, toilet tissue, paper plates, a magazine, 2 candy bars, 2- 6 packs of Coke, 1 -6 pack of diet Dr. Pepper, 6 bottles of Fanta orange, 8 bottles of regular Dr. Pepper, a gallon of Gold Peak Tea, and a bag of white mini doughnuts and 2 containers of chicken salad and a box of Wheat Thins! Along with the 2 robes for the Christmas class, and 4 tiny trees for school…and a ‘partridge in a pair tree‘! Why there was scarcely any room for a turkey if I did find one!
I looked around and didn’t see any turkeys at all! Finally I asked a lady who was in the process of putting something out in the freezer section. WAIT! I held my breath and said a prayer at the same time. “Ma ‘am, by any chance would they be Jennie-O Turkeys? “, I asked. “Honey, I don’t never even look at labels…they’s just turkeys all I know.” she replied. So, I thanked her and stood back by the cheese counter and waited for her to open the box. She had to go and find a box cutter! Of, course! And, I had to pick up Levi in 45 minutes! Back she came…she opened the boxes and began heaving turkeys over her shoulder and into the freezer section. I stepped closer and ‘what to my wondering eyes should appear…but 5 Jennie-O turkeys…right there! so near!’ Then, just as fast as my heart soared…it fell to the floor. There they were…Oven Ready Jennie-O turkeys…CAJUN STYLE ! CAJUN STYLE ? Who ever heard of a Cajun Style turkey? (Yes, I know many of you would like that!) She turned to walk away and I asked her if that was all. She looked at me with weary eyes and said, “Nope, these 4 boxes is filled up with turkeys. But, I bout threw my back out putting those in so I think I’ll go on my break before I finish.” I decided to be bold and asked her if they were all Cajun Style. She sighed and said, “I don’t know…but if’n you want me to, I’ll check.” “I would be so appreciative, ma ‘am…if you don’t mind…” She sighed and began opening the boxes. First…more Cajun Style…Second…Cajun Style, Third…Jennie-O, but not the Oven Ready.
She opened the last box and little blue birds flew down the aisle…and the top of the store opened up to a cloudless blue sky and the sun shone brightly…I even think I may have…perhaps…possibly, heard an angelic chord or too! And, there was my Jennie-O turkey. Oven Ready. Just snip 5 holes in the top of the bag and put it in the oven and stand back and bask in the compliments! “That’s my turkey!” I said. “Well, good for you,” she said…not at all as if she really meant it. She then asked how many I wanted. “Only one, “ I answered. “Huh, figured you want 4 or 5 way you ’s waiting around and all. These any good?” And, I started to tell her my story…but I could tell she really wouldn’t be amused…so I just said, “The best I’ve ever cooked.” “Humph, “ was all she said.
I thanked her profusely and asked if she needed any Tylenol for her back. She had some. I told her again how thankful I was for her. And, then I said, “You know, I’ve searched everywhere for these turkey…for several months. I even prayed about finding one. I think the Lord just planted you right here in ACS today to answer my prayer!” She smiled, “Well, to be sure, no one has ever said I was an answer to their prayer before!” And, since the opportunity was there, I asked her if she was a Christian. She said, “Dearie, I don’t know much about much. I’m tired and don’t have much money and got a bad back. I got children to feed and bills to pay. I wonder every day about making it on to the next. But, I’m shore of one thing…I will see Jesus one day! He saved me and He saved my children. And, if that’s all I ever have, then it’s fine by me!” I said, “Wow! what a testimony! Not only did I find my turkey, I got an uplift to my spirit.” I told her I would pray for her…and she said, “I wisht you would.” Then I slipped some money into her hand and walked away. She said, “I can’t take this.” I said, “It’s to buy yourself one of these turkeys…and not the Cajun Style!” And, I quickly slipped down the next aisle.
I practically floated to the check out aisle. And, this is how I know it was a God thing that happened to me. When I got to the checkout… I didn’t have to wait in line!!!!! I have never in the 44 years I’ve shopped at TCS, ever walked up and paid and didn’t have to wait. See they have about 25 registers, but only about 3 or 4 people working them….strangest thing.
Anyway…come Christmas time…I’m ready. No thawing. No heat gun. No patting. No dancing with my turkey by the moonlight…she cooks from the frozen state.
Friends, I don’t like to cook. I don’t even like to be in the kitchen. I despise grocery shopping. But, I am smart enough to know that of the things I do cook well…it’s best not to go trying to change them up. Stick with what you know. And, wait for the turkeys to finally make it to the store. And, perhaps, if you’re lucky…the Lord will meet you there with one of his angels!
Wonderful story Wonderfully written
Tonja Lynn Townsend your article today blessed my heart. Your Mom’s legacy continues. Love to you all, Sharon
I can just see that lady's blog now—the one that's titled, "You Meet the Nicest People in ACS" and it starts off,
"Now, with all these bills I've got to pay, and my tired feet and all that stooping and lifting and carrying, and with all my children to feed and my ACHIN' BACK, rhe Lord sure sent ME an Angel today . . ."