This morning on my way to do some grocery shopping, I found my mind wandering, so I refocused and asked the Lord to use me while I was out. I finished shopping, put my groceries in the trunk and remembered I’d forgotten something, so I went back into the store. They didn’t have what I was looking for, so I walked back out. An older woman, whose truck was parked beside my car, looked a little confused and distressed, so I asked if I could take her cart for her. She said, “There’s a baby in that car,” pointing to the one on the passenger side of her truck.
“What? Is it alone? Is there anyone else in the car?” I asked.
“No, and the windows aren’t cracked open either. Poor little guy. He must be getting hot in there,” she replied.
We tried the doors, but they were locked. Then she decided to go to the customer service desk to have the car owner paged. While I waited for either the woman or the car owner to return, I prayed about what to do. Should I call the police? I decided to wait and see what kind of person the car owner was, and I’m so glad I did. The first woman returned, and as we stood by the car, we heard the page over the speaker system. Just then, a woman exited the store, and when she saw us, her countenance registered fear and dread as she hurried over. She had not heard the page, but remembered her grandson was in the car when she saw us standing there.
Apparently, she had dropped off her daughter at work, which is something she rarely does, and because her grandson was so quiet in the backseat, she forgot she had him when she went into the store. She felt horrible as she realized what could have happened. She scooped him up car seat and all, took him out, held him tightly, and cried. I hugged her as she held her grandson, and both the other woman and I told her it was okay. Because she was so terribly shaken, I asked if we could help her put the groceries in the car to which she gladly accepted. We reassured her that these things happen sometimes, and she was obviously a good Grammie. I said, “God was watching out for you both.” She looked up to heaven and said, “Thank You, God, thank You.”