Okay, so you may be asking yourself, why on earth were you in a liquor store in the first place, Rose??? Well, I was purchasing a bottle of wine and seeing how, in our state, you can’t do that in any old store, I go to the Wine and Spirits Shoppe. Oh, wait a minute. That’s not why you’re asking! You want to know WHY I, as a Christian, was in a liquor store. Okay, well now that we’ve cleared that up, let me explain.
Yes, yes, most of you know by now that I have a chronic illness. It affects all systems of my body. I have what you call a ‘paradoxical effect’ with medications, meaning the opposite usually occurs so therefore, many medications to treat my disease have been tried with disastrous effects. One thing I can do for my muscle and stomach issues is drink a glass or two of wine when it gets really bad. HONEST! I can even get you a note from my specialist if you don’t believe me. She says it’s just fine if done in moderation. So … that answers your question as to WHY I was in the liquor store. Yes? Plus, I really didn’t want to get into a long discussion on Christians and drinking, especially wine.
Anyway, while I was at the liquor store buying my bottle of wine, I swiped my debit card and BAM! Down goes the system. I mean the whole store’s debit/credit system went down. Mannnnnnnnn, why me? With people behind me looking at me as if I was trying to rip off the store using a bad card, my cheeks were getting a little rosier than normal as I apologetically joked about breaking their system. “No, no” the store clerk said, “It’s not you, it’s our system” and off he goes to call the manager. He comes down and gets on the phone and BAM! One by one every Wine and Spirits Shoppe in the state starts going down. I felt so bad for the clerks as customers were starting to get a bit irritated. I step aside to let the ‘cash’ payers go ahead as the rest of the people start filing out of the store grumbling with debit card in hand. I waited.
While standing there, all the clerks around, several patient customers waiting to see how long it might take, the manager says, “This is Armageddon for the whole state!!!” Well, me and my big, fat mouth immediately chimes out loudly, “No. That can’t be because the rapture would have already taken place and I wouldn’t be standing here!!!” Every eye on every person in that store turned and looked at me like I had three eyes in my head. I couldn’t have gotten an ‘Amen’ if my life had depended on it. I stood firm with a grin on my face from ear to ear. I didn’t care but fought with all my might from busting a gut laughing.
The system came up just moments later and we were all quickly and efficiently taken care of by the store clerks. They were very nice and apologetic about everything and we joked about the whole event. I got outside to my car and my grin sort of took a downward motion. As funny as the whole thing was, two things came to my mind. The first was, God can put opportunities in front of you to witness your faith at any time, no matter where you are. Second, you mean to tell me that no one knew what I was talking about when I mentioned the rapture? That’s really not all that funny, now is it?