I had leftover non-dairy cheese items (retailing about $15) that weren't opened and I didn't want to throw it out. That stuff costs money and someone could benefit from so free stuff, right? I used my go-to free offering up service craigslist.com. I know that Craigslist can get a bad wrap, but it works for us, well it works great when my husband is selling something. For me, it is not so great. There is a weird thing that goes on when you offer something free. Many people respond to your ad when the item is free, but few people can actually follow through on meeting up. Most people like to stay very vague and take a long time to respond to an email or text after they email or text, "Is it still available?" I have gotten where I get specific about what time and where I will meet them if they want the item...........but that doesn't even work most of the time.
The person who responded to my free non-dairy cheese ad first was the one I offered the cheese too. It took a while to hear back from her and I could tell once she said that she didn't know when she was getting off work it would be hard to pin her down to a certain time. I didn't want to waste my time or energy of a freebie. So I threw out a larger net. I told that lady and two ladies that thanked me for letting them know I had chosen someone else the opportunity to call me if they wanted the cheese and that they needed to call before 6 pm today. I made it clear that I didn't want to go back and forth with text and would only accept a call.
One of them responded. She told me that my phone number was strange and that the message was strange, but did I still have the cheese?
I then remember that the greeting on my phone was a bit odd. I was having a chaotic day when I did the message and was just overwhelmed and then the dog started barking in the background. I can't remember exactly what I said, but it had something to do with the word "chaos." My husband thought it was funny so I just left it and forgot about it. I was afraid that she was afraid that I was a crazy woman by my strange greeting for my phone messages. I planned to act really normal in our exchanges to put her at ease.
We made plans for her to come over but they fell through due to her pastor husband and her having a visitor stay over at there house longer than expected and then he had to leave to go to Bible study. She had a kid asleep and didn't want to wake him. So it worked out that Jeff and I drove over to her house to deliver the cheese. The gal said that her son was selling some kind of food to raise money to go to Mexico (and I know Mexico Easter break missions time is coming up) and they would have vegan people buying the food and the cheese would help out a lot. I wanted to have my non-need cheese go to a good cause!
When she answered the door she was kind and offered me food, some type of bread she was making. She said it would only take 10 minutes. We had another place to go (a Facebook Marketplace deal I was doing with someone else) and I declined the offer. I proceeded to tell her why I was giving away the cheese. The reason is that we tried a no dairy diet for our son's migraines and nothing changed so we ended that. She asked if we considered gluten (a question I have heard tons of times). I smiled and told her no and that maybe we would in the future. Later that evening she texted me her story of having migraines and going off gluten and how it helped her. I have learned that people are often well-meaning in their advice and that I need to take advice graciously. She wrote that she would pray for Jake at 2 pm every day until there is an answer for him. That just touches my heart. I have been praying for years and I'm trying to learn more about prayer and wondering if this is God's hand in Jake's life. I don't like it, but maybe he has to be trained and molded by it (?). What a kind and provincial encounter over non-dairy cheese and the annoyance of trying to give something away on craigslist. Having a stranger, yet a sister in Christ, pray for Jake is such a blessing to me.
Lesson: One thing can lead to another and it may be the thing that you don't need any more leads you to the thing that you need now.