God’s Presence in the Every Day

One morning I wrote my prayers to God in my journal, beginning with these words:

Please help Your presence be obvious in my encounters and conversations with people today.

The next morning, when I opened my journal and glanced at the prayer request I'd written the day before, I laughed out loud! You see, God had caused yesterday’s events to unfold exactly the way I prayed.

Come with me to the nearby grocery store. After perusing the aisles and checking items off my list, I rolled my cart to an available row and stood in line. I bantered with the young man in back of me.

Then I became aware of some kind of confusion at the end of the aisle where an old man was struggling to swipe his SNAP card because his hands were shaking. He handed the card to the clerk, who rang it up at the register. Then came the unexpected announcement, “Sir, you still owe $9.45.”

The bewildered man stared at the clerk and then pointed to the fully-loaded cart, as if to say, “But everything is ready to go.”

I knew the customer couldn’t pay, so I instinctively reached in my purse for my billfold.

The clerk explained to him, “Your card paid the $54 for groceries, but it won’t pay for the wine.”

I piped up, “I’ll pay the balance.”  Inside, I smiled at the irony of paying for the man’s wine rather than healthy food.

The young clerk looked at me hesitatingly, then accepted the $10 bill from my outstretched hand and returned the change. “Thank you, young lady.”

The stooped man swiveled his body to get a glimpse of his rescuer. I smiled at him and declared, “That was from God.”

He scoffed out loud at the mention of God’s name. Now released from his debt, though, he placed both hands on his cart and ambled toward the door.

I stepped up to the counter. “Thank you, again, young lady, for what you did.” (I was really liking the “young lady” part by then.”)

I shrugged my shoulders. “That’s why we’re alive.”

His eyes twinkled and a smile spread across his handsome face. “That is so true. I encounter this kind of thing every day and I try to help.”

“I can tell you know Jesus!” I said.

His smile broadened.

Right there in the aisle of that ordinary, neighborhood store, God’s presence surrounded the four of us. The young man behind me observed all that transpired, and surely God planted a seed in his heart. The unbelieving man’s monetary dilemma shifted to a full resolution, and in the process he heard the name of God. The store clerk received unexpected encouragement that day and also a chance to affirm his faith. My heart exploded with joy, because God had touched each one of us in a special way.

God asks us to be ready “in season and out of season,” because we never know when He might want to use us to carry out His plan.

Do you remember a time you prayed and God answered in an amazing way?

Published by Gail Porter

Gail Porter is an author, inspirational speaker, and workshop leader. Her latest book is Will the Real Person Please Stand Up? Rising Above the Fear of Rejection.


  • Lois Nobles

    September 20, 2023 at 11:54 AM Reply

    Yes, we express God’s love in actions in daily life. Gail is always ready to do this. I was with a friend and suddenly she chocked up and could not breath or speak normally. Her face became pale and expressionless. I prayed outload saying breath is God’s inspiration, He maintains our normal body functions, and He is present here and now. We are his spiritual creations that human mortal circumstances cannot change our perfection and relationship with God. Soon she regained her normal breathing and speech. We thanked God.

    • Gail Porter

      September 20, 2023 at 1:33 PM Reply

      Thank you for sharing that wonderful miracle! When you began declaring the truth of who God and what He does for us, healing came! Definitely God’s love in action! We never forget thoses times, do we?

  • Linnea Rawlins

    September 20, 2023 at 12:17 PM Reply

    Love this story Gail!!! We should catch up and swap stories soon!

    • Gail Porter

      September 20, 2023 at 1:36 PM Reply

      I would love to swap stories with you! When we speak of the wonders He does though us, we are blessing our Father God. Love being part of His team, don’t you?! Let’s compare calendars soon.

  • Rebecca Carpenter

    September 20, 2023 at 5:42 PM Reply

    I loved your story. I also ask each day how I can help someone. Alan used to always say that we never know who is watching.

    • Gail Porter

      September 22, 2023 at 1:06 PM Reply

      Rebecca, you have a heart for helping others! Imagine how delighted God is when you ask Him to show you who needs help. I agree with the truth of Alan’s statement that we never know who is watching!

  • Patricia Hunt

    September 21, 2023 at 9:52 PM Reply

    Gail, I read your story yesterday about your encounter with the “older” man in the grocery store. You asked your audience if we had unforeseen encounters when God used us to minister to those God put in our path. Yesterday, in the common area at the Manor, I ran into a friend, Bonnie, whom I hadn’t seen for a long time. Her health had declined, so I told her I’d pray for her. She was astounded that I’d write her name in my already-long-prayer list. She thanked me and we parted ways, only to be reunited later that day in a local grocery store by God’s providential timing. We talked more about God and His Promises in His Word. The word “hope” dropped into my mind and I told Bonnie to hang onto hope, for without hope we tend to give up. I added, “I’ll find a promise in the Word and claim that for you.” She got teary-eyed and asked me to let her know the promise. A few hours later, while looking for a card to give to her, I found a small packet of Hallmark cards I’d forgotten about. The front of the card said, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength,” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). Wow! That was the perfect verse and promise for her. I felt blessed to write this promise of hope in her card! I pray each day that God will use me and I will be ready in season and out of season!

    • Gail Porter

      September 22, 2023 at 1:09 PM Reply

      Pat, how fun to hear about your multiple meetings with your friend, Bonnie! And as you say, by God’s providence. I love how God led you to find the “hope” promise for her! Every day is an exciting day with God, isn’t it??

  • Santina Fancher

    October 23, 2023 at 11:56 AM Reply

    Thank you, Gail, that was a touching story.

    • Gail Porter

      October 24, 2023 at 7:38 PM Reply

      I still get emotional when I think about it! You have a surprise in store. “Part Two” of my next blog includes the continuing story! Enjoy.

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