On Sunday I heard a word spoken about God providing blessings but will not bless those that have people in their lives who are cursed. He knows you will assist those people and they are not supposed to be on your team. I made the comment to Andrea, “I wonder who in our circle of friends and family is cursed” and she said, “He also said you have to have forgiven those that need forgiving.” Who have you not forgiven?” I responded, “I think I have forgiven everyone.
This morning Syd and I stopped at Quiktrip to fill up. We pull up to the pump and I get out, insert my card and this guy on the other side of the pump I was using says, “Excuse me” as he peaks around the pump. I look at this dude and immediately think oh crap here comes the “watchtower pamphlet”. He then says, “I would like to pay for your gas.” I stepped back, looked at him, and looked around to see where the other “robber” was so I could prepare myself for war. I am sizing him up, 38-45 years of age, mocha brown complexion, 5’8 to 5’10, clean shaven, slightly overweight, grey suit, green tie, 4 door sedan.
The guy repeats himself, “I would like to pay for your gas. Cancel your transaction and allow me to pay for your gas.” He then says, “I do this once a month. It’s my way of giving back. Just pay it forward.” I cancel the transaction and he inserts his card and enters his pin. I start pumping my gas and I thank him. He says, “It’s so hard for Black people to do something kind for another because of the stereotypes. It’s really hard to do this for Black women because they think “robber” or I’m trying to talk to them.” We continue the conversation and I ask him his name, He tells me his name and that he is a principal at at a school nearby. I introduce myself and hand him one of my business cards. I tell him, “If you ever need anything don’t hesitate to call.” His response, “Thanks. Just remember. Pay it forward.”
I drove Syd to school and we talked about the man. I told Syd I don’t believe in coincidences, that I would be thinking about this all day and how this entire thing lined up. I woke Syd up early so Andrea could do her hair. We left a few minutes early because I needed to fill up. We went to Quiktrip in Fayetteville because the gas is cheaper than the QT in Riverdale. We got stuck behind a line of cars trying to turn into the QT and I started to go around them but decided to wait. The pump I chose was because it was closest to the exit. All of this led me to the pump that allowed this man to fill the tank, which then led to me writing this and telling you that GOD IS GOOD and He will show you his Grace and Mercy when you don’t see it coming.
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and pin you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”