My boss was in a fowl mood all morning. I never saw him like this before; he was typically even-tempered. It wasn’t clear what the issue was. He had already yelled at several people who weren’t prepared for it. I avoided him by staying at my desk.
When it was time to go to lunch I went to my typical spot and read my Bible while I ate. I had been reading Proverbs so I continued where I last left off. In chapter 21, verse 14, I read,
“A gift given in secret subdues anger.”
I wondered if that could be applied to my boss. I left the café early and went to the nearest store seeking a gift to give him in secret to test the Proverb. The only thing that got my attention was a role of rainbow LifeSavers. They seemed like an insignificant gift, but it was the only thing that caught my attention, so I bought them. Quickly I went back to work to sneak them into his office before he returned from lunch. I sat my desk and waited.
When my boss entered his office he yelled out, this time in a joyful tone, “Who put these LifeSavers on my desk? Who knew these were my favorite!”
I didn’t know Lifesavers were his favorite, but apparently God did. I then knew why the LifeSavers made such an impression on me in the store. The Holy Spirit had led me to them. He knew exactly what gift would be the best, which one would subdue my boss’s anger.
He asked everyone who passed his office if they gave him the LifeSavers. He never asked me and I wasn’t going to tell him, it was meant to be a secret. Of course it isn’t anymore, but at the time, that colorful little gift cheered him up. He was like a little kid trying to figure out who knew what his favorite candy was and who gave them to him. As a result, I learned God’s Word is truly LifeSaving!
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
This is a story from my new book coming out soon, titled
"Meant To Be Shared - True Stories of God's Presence in the Life of an Ordinary Person."
The book is a compilation of true stories where God made Himself known to me. It's my prayer these stories will encourage you in your faith and prove there's a loving God who is active in people's lives.