So... I went shopping last Friday. My daughter is getting married in August and I'm looking for the ultimate shoes to wear to this auspicious event. I'm on a search to find a shoe that is high-heeled AND very comfortable. Well, we all know there is a price to pay for looking stylish in heels: PAIN; but it's early in the season and if I try on about 40-50 different pairs, surely I'll find something that won't leave me cranky and limping at the end of the evening. On Friday, I was shopping in Von Maur, testing shoes with the pinch test to see how cushy the soles were and searching for the ultimate in comfort, style and color. (Frankly, there is no reason to even try the shoes on if they don't pass the pinch test.)
A nice looking woman came up to me and complimented my jacket. I said thank you and continued with my pinch testing. Another woman came up to me and said the same thing. I again thanked her and continued my way. 2 more times this happened! This was very odd... I was wearing a 3/4 length green raincoat - not some exotic mink fur coat or something odd or outlandish (I do have some of those.) This jacket is a blend-into-the-crowd look, a tad bit snappy but mostly just functional. Then another lady came up to me rather breathlessly and sputtered, "I've been chasing you around to ask you a question! Where did you get your coat? I'd like to get one!" I was nearly speechless! I blurted out the first thing that came to my mind, "It came from my dead mother-in-law's closet." This was true. It did! My mother-in-law picked this jacket out on one of her last shopping sprees and my wonderful husband paid for it. Since she was unable to use it and since my husband paid for it, I took it from her closet (after she died) because I left mine somewhere. I was wearing it that day. This was the absolute truth.
As usual, I've been thinking about this whole episode and have some observations: Aren't we all shopping for Something? Aren't we all searching for the Ultimate and don't we all know it when we see it on someone else? I'm convinced the Ultimate is Jesus... I'm convinced He is Ultimate Joy and Neverending Peace and Pure Satisfaction... He is the Way, the Truth and the Life... He never wears out... He makes us look good... He always fits...
And speaking of looking good, I'm left to ask one more question: What can I do to draw searching people to ask, "I've been chasing you around to ask you a question. Where did you find Jesus? I'd like to get to know Him!"