True Christian Stories
by Deb Matthews
Welcome! Here's another true Christian story from my collection of things that have really happened to me (including stories about miracles, angels, and God's love and blessings). This one is from the 70s about an unusual way God provided for me.
"Lunch Is On You"
Copyright © 1999 by Debra K. Matthews. All rights reserved
My first few years out of high school I worked in a large "one stop shopping center" -- a combined hardware, variety and grocery store all in one. I was attending college part time and working full time at the store, and money was pretty tight.
One day as I was coming up the stairs from our employee break room to start work, I put the only nickel I had to my name in my pocket. I knew the Lord was a good provider, but I also knew that we're supposed to do our part and work for a living. I also knew that sometimes it's good to fast, and that this might just turn out to be one of those days. I was accustomed to having some lean times as well as times of plenty. On this particular day, I had a sense of peace and simply said, "Well Lord, if I'm having lunch today, lunch is on you."
I forgot about making that statement and went to work stocking my department and pulling boxes forward on the shelves to make the shelves look full where maybe we were almost out of something. After a while, the head cashier called and asked me to come check for her so she could go on a break.
One of the last customers to come through the register was a nice elderly lady with a coin purse jammed full of change, coupons and little slips of paper. As she was digging around for the correct change, she pulled out a coupon and handed it to me. "Oh, here's a nice coupon for a one dollar lunch," she said. She made a comment about not needing it and told me I could have it. It was for the in-store buffet restaurant.
I thanked her and put it in my pocket without thinking any more about it. After a couple more customers, the head cashier returned and I headed back to my department.
When I got there, I started working on an aisle that had larger boxes. Normally, I would have just pulled the boxes forward to fill the gaps, but for some reason, I suddenly pulled one of the boxes all the way off the shelf. Behind it was a one dollar bill! Now I had a one dollar coupon for a tuna salad sandwich and soft drink, the dollar price, and the nickel to pay the tax! The Lord had smiled on one of his kids and provided for me. That day, lunch truly "was on him!"
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Added July 15, 1999