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Living for NOW

on December 28, 2015

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Looking for the perfect Christmas ham, I ventured into a high quality food store- only to be shocked by the extreme prices of their meat!  Why, I could buy an entire week’s worth of groceries for the price of one of those fancy hams! So I went to store #2 -and much to my dismay there were no hams.

I got everything else I could find from my list and found my way to the check-out line.  The store was so crowded, I couldn’t go anywhere- I was stuck in the farthest check-out line, which also happened to be the longest one. Sigh

“Are you trying to get past me?”  the lady ahead of me in line asked me.

“Oh no, just waiting in line… I love your coat, by the way!  It’s so festive!” When she turned, I noticed how beautiful she was- she wore a cranberry colored coat with ruffles down the front and a silver scarf around her neck that made her salt and pepper hair shimmer.  Her eyes were sky-blue and her face glowed.  I felt an instant connection to her.

She gave me a half smile and admitted that she had bought it a long time ago, and that it used to be big on her. With tears in her eyes, she confessed that she had looked in the mirror that morning and was disgusted with herself- for the weight she had gained and for how she looked.

“And the crazy thing is that this was my dream… when I was a young girl, I was tall and skinny- when it was so “in” to be plump.  I wanted to be plump and curvy when I grew up! Now that I am living my “dream”, I want more than anything to be that skinny girl again.”

She spoke with tears in her eyes, and I found it so ironic that this gorgeous woman (who, by the way, was NOT overweight at all…and was stunningly beautiful) did not recognize the beauty that was so easy for me to see.

“Oh my goodness!  You are beautiful just the way you are!” I said to her.

We hugged one another, as she poured her heart out to me- right there in the grocery check-out line.

Then, with determination, she exclaimed that she was going to live for the now…and that she was going to stop lamenting over who she was, or who she wanted to be. We talked about how blessed we both were.  To have good health, a family, clothing… to be able to buy the food that was in our shopping carts. I told her of how I was searching for the perfect Christmas ham, but hadn’t been able to find one that was reasonably priced.

“You know, I have a friend that owns a butcher shop.  I will give you her phone number when I get out to the car!  That is where I go to buy all of my meat these days!”

Both of us had left our phones in the car. I told her where my next stop was- just across the street.  She said that was her next stop, too.

“I’ll see you there, and I will give you her phone number!”

I felt an immediate connection to this lady.  It was like God put her there to just give me that message-

live for NOW… not yesterday, not tomorrow… NOW! 

I got my groceries, put them into the car, and headed to my next stop.

I searched up and down the meat aisles looking for a ham, and watching for my new friend and her festive cranberry coat to come waltzing through the door…

And just when I had lost all hope of finding a ham, I found an entire aisle of them- perfectly pre-baked honey-glazed-to-perfection hams at a fraction of the price of the first ones I had found!

I never saw that lady again, but I will never forget her honest, earnest words- and how she said to me the exact thing I needed to hear-

live for Now… not yesterday, not tomorrow… NOW!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  

Matthew 6:34

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20 responses to “Living for NOW

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  2. Mary says:

    Gorgeous

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  3. You both are beautiful. What a beautiful story. Isn’t that how God works.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you, Deborah 🙂 I love how He will use the most random situations to speak to me…Honestly, I thought those very same thoughts when I looked at my own self in the mirror that morning. That stranger’s willingness to share her struggle really touched me. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season 🙂

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  4. dawnlizjones says:

    Ah, Julie!! Perfect timing. Applied to relationships also–if things are not as I think they should be (or want), still be thankful for what I have in them now, loving in the midst of imperfection and giving God space to work His amazing grace. Thanks so much! Needed encouragement for me, and retweeted!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Oh, I love how you applied this to relationships!! SOO true!! There is always so much for us to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season 🙂 Blessings to you!!

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  5. Wally Fry says:

    How nicely you handled that..I need that kind of patience with people sometimes. It’s a gift, to get people to open up like that rather than making their day even worse.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      You know what’s funny? It seems like I have way more patients with complete strangers than I do with my own family! I love having those seemingly random conversations with strangers… and those conversations always remind me that people want to feel connected. I love the unique ways He connects us to other people 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

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      • Wally Fry says:

        I did Julie, thanks! And I agree, we do tend to be nicer to strangers. Familiarity breeds contempt as they say. But, that’s pretty wrong huh? We ought not to, but guilty as charged

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  6. deharris2 says:

    Amen!

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  7. atimetoshare says:

    And you had just the right words for her. I truly believe that God places Angels in our lives at just the moment we need them the most. What a lovely story!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you, Kathy! She said what I needed to hear, too…because I had those same exact thoughts that she was sharing with me that day. God is awesome 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

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      • atimetoshare says:

        WE had a very blessed Christmas with my daughter and her family driving all the way to Minnesota from S. Carolina. Great family time with all of my kids. Hope you did also and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  8. lorriebowden says:

    Love this Julie!! Best wishes for a wonderful new year!! ♡

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  9. I love it! I love those encounters with “kindred spirits.”

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  10. realchange4u says:

    Good advice from a stranger right Julie. Today is plenty to work on. I wonder if she knew she was quoting scripture? Funny how the word comes timing out of our mouth and we don’t realize it. By the way I like the photo. Beautiful folks.

    Blessings to you

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