True story. Marion and Ed have managed a small Christian bookstore for 23 years. They’ve watched as other local merchants have struggled to survive. Many–affected by the unstable economy–have had to make the difficult decision to close their doors. Yet, Marion and Ed persevere, ably serving the local community.
In the past six months since releasing my first publication (Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour?), I have visited alot of Christian bookstores. Part of my marketing plan is to get exposure for it, and where else to go, but to a bookstore to see if they will stock my item?
On the list of bookstores to visit was Marion and Ed’s shop. My husband, Ted, accompanied me while on this marketing mission. While driving to the bookstore, Ted asked me what I would like for my birthday, which is later this month. I drew a blank. I really hadn’t thought much about it. And, besides, if there was anything I “need,” I knew I could just go get it (within reason). I told him I’d think about it.
When we arrived at Marion and Ed’s bookstore, I went in to do business. It was a small place, filled to capacity, but everything was neat and orderly. As I was wrapping up the conversation, my eyes were drawn to the area where a large selection of Bibles were on display. Ted walked in about this time, probably to see what was taking so long. I recalled the question he had asked me just before we arrived at this particular store. It suddenly dawned on me that what I desired for my birthday was a new Bible!
Marion was so helpful in finding exactly what I wanted, and even assisted me in finding a fancy carry-case for my Bible. As we completed our transaction, Marion sweetly commented, “This will help me pay my bills this month.” She hugged both of us before we left; I felt like I was saying good-bye to a dear old friend.
Afterwards, as I reflected on this experience, I realized that I had witnessed God blessing someone through me. I could have purchased the Bible I wanted in any number of stores prior to that day, but God knew I would be crossing Marion and Ed’s path. He wanted our purchase to occur in their store, in order to meet a need they had. Marion’s words humbled me, realizing that my birthday gift was not just meeting a desire I had. God had allowed me to be a part of a perfectly-timed blessing in Marion and Ed’s life! How special is that!?