I don’t know about you, but I love when I walk into a store and I hear that perky “Hi! Welcome!” from the employees stationed at the front of the stores. That friendly smile they share, I happily return. Starts my shopping trip on the right foot. The spunkiest greeters I think are the ones at my local Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby. ( Right now I miss them so much!!) They make me feel like they are genuinely happy to see me specifically come in again! I know it is their job to be nice to me, but I enjoy the thought that they truly are extra chipper when I come into their workplace.
Now my absolute favorite greater is one who gets looked past often. There is this sweet older lady at Wal-Mart, stationed in the garden department by their back door. She is pure sunshine. She welcomes you as you enter and says hello to all the littles that pass by. She gently waves at you as you leave and thanks you for shopping with them today. She is unobtrusive, always there ready to help you, and if you take the time to stop and chit chat for a moment, you will find she has such a precious soul. Quiet and restrained, she was an observer of people during her walk of life. She spent her days waiting for her love to come back from serving his country…he never did. They had no children and she never remarried. Her heart was always just meant for one man. All the love she had to share she would find little moments to dispense among others who might have seemed down or alone. She served in her church for years, in the background. For example she weekly would making meals and delivering them to shut ins, giving them the needed moments of personal interaction that let them know that they are important to someone. She wrote letters to lonely soldiers. She would read about Jesus to the tiny church members on Sundays. Is that not precious? Don’t you just want to hug her? You would never know how darling she is unless you stopped and took a moment of your day to really get to know her. She has changed my shopping experiences for the better! I look forward to going just so I can bump into her and hopefully have a moment to get to know a little bit more about her.
I think this is how Jesus is looked at. There are some people who just enjoy that weekly nod at Him as they enter and leave church Sunday morning. Then there are those who have more cheery Jesus moments because they speak “Christian” and go to church. They profess but they really don’t come to “shop” with Him. Then there are those who hear His voice as He welcomes them and are drawn to know more about Him. It changes them. They begin to shine. These Christians stop and honestly take the time to get to know the REAL JESUS. He is more than an icon to them. More than something to throw into conversations to make you look like a good person. Jesus is so precious to them. He makes them want to come to see Him everyday.
The Lord is greeting us every single day. “Hello my beloved child!! Welcome!!”
Are we going to just nod and smile at Him and keep on walking? Or are we going to sit down, spend some quality time and really get to know the One who took the nails that were meant for us?