Feb. 25, 2000 I went to WalMart to buy some stain for
my granddaughters to use in finishing their sorority
pledge paddles. It was about six p.m. but the store
was moderately busy, and the half dozen operating checkout
counters had lines in front of them. While I was there
I decided to get a couple of gallons of bottled water.
I didn't want to use a cart for such a small purchase,
but discovered that the hand-baskets were all in circulation.
So I headed to the paint section and bought a small
can of stain and two brushes. Then I went to the water
department and picked up two gallon jugs.
I walked toward the front of the store, I thought to
myself, "I don't want to stand in line carrying all
this stuff in my hands." The water was getting heavier
as I walked. So I decided, "I will visualize an open
checkout where I don't have to wait at all. I know I
am going to find an empty checkout."
walked up to the row of checkouts counters, and saw
that the one nearest me only had one person waiting.
I thought that this would be good enough But then I
spotted the checkout forward of that one, toward the
front of the store, and it was completely empty. I had
wavered in my faith! I walked up to the checker, smiled,
and thanked her for waiting for me.
I was being checked out, a woman came up from behind
me, highly amused, and said, "I suppose it was just
a coincidence that this counter was empty when you arrived."
It was a member of one of my spiritual growth classes,
where we were studying the mystery of coincidence. I
laughed, and told her the story, that I had visualized
a checkout completely void of customers.
remember," I reminded her, "we create our own reality."
I told her I was glad I had a witness, because I might
ask her to retell this incident in class some time.
doesn't it work for me?" she moaned. I wondered the
same thing, because it doesn't always work for me either.
Was it "coincidence," visualization, or the result of
some divine law we haven't even discovered yet?
John W. Sloat 2003