The last few weeks have been heavy so I thought I’d lighten it up a bit and share how God is working and good things are still happening in the middle of what looks like a Civil War. Sweet mangoes started a great conversation that led to a sweet connection.
In this post, I shared my frustration around standing in long lines trying to get groceries, and then God sent me Sean who shops for me weekly at Whole Foods. I haven’t been to Whole Foods or grocery shopping since the end of March yet every week, I eat the juiciest mangos and the freshest organic produce thanks to him.
P.S. I don’t know Sean…he’s not my friend…I don’t know anything about him other than he volunteers with an organization created to offer relief during COVID19. That all changed last week when he dropped off my groceries.
Earlier in the week, he sent me a text that said, “Hi Yvonne, I’ll be going to Whole Foods Friday morning if you need anything. I hope you’re well!” Every week he sends me a text with similar verbiage. I love it when he ends the text with, “What can I get for you this week?” He has such a heart of service!
I send him my list and he goes shopping. Twenty mangoes are always on my list. If I could eat mangoes 24/7/365 days a year, I’d be in heaven. P.S. if you have trouble falling asleep at night, eat a mango right before bedtime and not only will you fall asleep quickly, you will sleep through the night unless you have to get up to pee.
Back to the beautiful story…The first time he bought mangoes for me, many were soft and mushy and some of them were brown and rotten. I didn’t want to be picky because the man is going grocery shopping for me, however, he can’t bring me rotten mangoes every week so I have to find a way to tell him how to pick mangoes that will last.
I literally prayed and asked God to prepare his heart for my words so that he wouldn’t be offended. Sean wasn’t offended at all, as a matter of fact, he was grateful. His response to my text was, “Thank you for telling me. Now I know. Thank you. I didn’t know what I was doing. I just picked up twenty and put them in the bag.” Since then, he has become a pro at picking mangoes.
Today when he dropped off my mangoes, he mentioned the cashier asking him what he’s doing with so many mangoes and so we had a talk about it. He thought I was making mango salads and preserves. When I told him, I eat two a day right out of the skin then eat all the meat off the seed, he was surprised. He said to me, “You know I shop better and eat better now because of you. You eat healthy! I bought a cookbook to learn how to prepare vegetables like baby bok choy which I never bought until I started shopping for you.”
As we continued to talk, I learned about his divorce last year, what he does for work, and why he signed up to volunteer. Going through a divorce is rough. Signing up to volunteer was the best way to get his mind off of his own life and problems.
We also talked about the protests, the racial tension in America, and his thoughts on George Floyd. Sean is a white man who understands white privilege and white supremacy. Joining a march to protest was his way of saying it’s wrong…all of it is wrong…what happened to George Floyd is wrong and should never happen again.
I also got to share my faith with him in a big way. My time with Sean on Friday was a great moment of human connection between two people brought into each other’s lives under very difficult circumstances.
For weeks, I wanted to talk to Sean to find out who he is, however, it didn’t happen until Friday and that was the perfect time because right before he dropped off my groceries, Satan and his workers were up to their evil schemes. My morning started in an unexpected way and then Sean arrived and turned the whole day around. He’s literally been a ray of sunshine in my life for the past couple of months.
So, why do I share this with you? Well, because I want you to look for the good in the bad…the positive in the negative. The sweet connections we can make when life is bitter.
Yes, we are going through difficult times. Forty million people are unemployed. Thousands have died from COVID-19. The economy is in the gutter. Marches are happening all around in the fight for equality and justice. A colleague is struggling to keep her delicious bakery open. I sincerely hope she finds a way. Her husband died three years ago and this is how she provides for their three children.
Life is hard for so many people right now yet in the midst of it all, God’s favor is overflowing. He’s still making a way; he still supplies and he’s still showering down blessings. That’s who he is and that’s what he does. God knows what we need, and he is faithful to give it to us at just the right time. He’s never late!
Something to think about…
What say you? Tell me something good that’s happening in your life or that happened in your life during the pandemic. How is God being faithful to you? What’s your favorite fruit?
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