Written by Angela Sutsakhan
A few weeks ago, my family and I were traveling to meet relatives at a hotel for a few days. We had a great time catching up, hanging out by the pool, shopping and eating. As we were checking out, I noticed that our hotel bill was $100 more than it should have been.
As I made my way back into the hotel, I prayed asking God to help me handle this in a way that would honor Him. I have been in this situation before and I wanted this time to be different.
I made my way to the counter and spoke with one clerk who quickly took off a small portion that she recognized was a mistake. She then called a supervisor who said that she couldn’t change the amount and that I would have to speak to the manager who wasn’t coming in for another 3 hours. I expressed that we were heading back home and couldn’t wait to speak with him; I also stated that I didn’t want to leave when I didn’t agree with the charges that were made to my card. I asked questions and she did her best to answer them, but we weren’t getting any closer to a resolution. I was getting more and more frustrated but somehow kept calm. Then all of a sudden she said that she’d be able to adjust the charges. I thanked her and then she told me that she had just lost her mother. I told her I was sorry for her loss and would pray for her today. She made her way around the counter and hugged me, so I asked if I could pray for her right then. There we stood in prayer at a busy Sheraton hotel front desk embraced in a hug.
Somehow, I wasn’t worried about how it looked. Somehow, I was able to do what God had prompted me to do at the moment He had prompted me to do it. I didn’t argue with God as I had done so many times before. Why was this time different? Prayer. I asked for help, and HE gave me strength.
I know this experience was not by chance: God had planned this moment and had orchestrated these events. I thought about how many times before I had failed miserably at extending grace to others because in situations like these, I sometimes say things that I regret and focus only on my situation.
I pray that I will see more of HIM and less of me in the inconveniences of everyday life. I pray that I will not miss opportunities to do things of eternal significance because I’m wrapped up in myself. I pray that I will have more concern for others and where they are than worrying about me. HE wants to be involved in all of our interactions with others because it is only in HIS strength that we can do what HE calls us to do.
“…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”