Bunnings Warehouse is a ‘habit’ of ours. Our student grandson works there part-time, so we always hope to see him working in the aisles. And guess what? He was passing through the Gardening Section on his break this day, so we had a good chat. You never know what will happen there, or who you’ll see!
Later we bought some wilted plants from the ‘cheap trolley’, a blue ceramic pot and a couple of good shrubs. What a blessing these are in our garden now, but at the time, we didn’t realise that seeing our grandson, and buying the plants, might be the only good parts of that Bunnings visit!
We went home with our bargains and it was then that I discovered my keys were missing! Maurie willingly drove back to the store and I went in search of them. I started at Bunnings; they hadn’t been handed in there. I walked carefully around on the thick bark mulch beside the busy access roads. Not a sign of any keys, let alone mine with my Best Grandma teddy-bear tag. My granddaughters had given it to me years before and I didn’t want to lose it. And yes, in case you’re wondering, I was asking God to show me where those keys were!
Maurie often loses his phone, his glasses, his keys, his wallet! He does a ‘man-search’ until I join him and find whatever it is that he’s lost. Usually they’re in the place where I expect them to be! This time he stayed in the car while I went to enquire at nearby Hungry Jack’s. They took my details and searched amongst their lost property, but my keys weren’t there either.
So I went back to the car. What could I do now? I’d left my handbag with Maurie while I searched…in full view of all the busy shoppers and diners. I felt so stupid. This wasn’t my usual habit. It was always Maurie who mislaid things. I sat in the car and looked sadly at him. He just grinned and passed my handbag over. ‘Have a look in there again’, he said.
Well, there was one more good thing that happened that day! He’d found my keys this time…in a different pocket of my handbag!
I thanked him and apologised for wasting his precious time. He’s so patient with me! He didn’t remind me of all the times I’d told him, ‘Have a place for everything, and don’t forget to put things in their proper place’.
The lesson I learnt that day reminded me of some special words that Jesus said. They’re well-known, even to people who’ve never read the Bible, or heard of Jesus. He was talking about hypocrites. They’re worth quoting in full.
Jesus said, Do not judge others, so God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others.
Why, then, do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Please, let me take that speck out of your eye’, when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite!
First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. – Matthew 7: 1-5 in the Good News Bible.
I don’t need to tell you how that applied to me! God answered my prayer in a way I hadn’t expected!