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On Sunday, the last day of the women’s retreat where I was a speaker, I sat at the book table, selling and autographing books. Kris came up and bought a copy of one of my books and I began autographing for her.
“Oh, no, wait!” she exclaimed. “I’m not buying it for myself but for a friend. I want it autographed to her.”
I’d only written down “Kris,” so I said, “Oh, I’m sorry, I should have asked like I usually do. I’ll get another one for you.” I put the book aside and autographed another for her friend. A while later, I packed the book with the “mistaken” autograph into my briefcase and drove away, the briefcase beside me on the front seat.
A few minutes later, I thought how good a diet soda would taste, but I didn’t think I’d stop. Better to head straight home. No, I’d sure like something to drink. I will stop.
There were two different routes I could take, but remembering a drive-through hamburger place I’d seen on the way, I decided to drive that way.
Pulling up to the drive-in window, I ordered a diet soda and gave the young woman my money. She smiled and said, “I see you’re dressed up. Did you just come from church?”
“No,” I replied, “I’m coming home from speaking at a women’s retreat. Do you go to church?”
“Usually I do, but I couldn’t today because I had to work.”
I looked at my briefcase and wondered how I’d explain to her that someone else’s name was in it. I’ll tell her that’s how I can give it to her free—because of the autographing mistake. OK Lord, I’ll be glad to do that.
I retrieved the book. “Wouldn’t it be a coincidence if her name is Kris?” I thought.
“Oh, sure, Kathy, dream on!” I smiled at the far-fetched idea.
The woman came back to the window and handed me the drink. I spoke up, “Remember how I told you I was the speaker at that retreat? Well, I’m also an author, and I’d like to give you a copy of my book. By the way, what’s your name?”
She smiled at the prospect of getting a free book and answered, “My name’s Kris.”
I laughed and explained the situation. “I guess God wants you to have this.” She enthusiastically thanked me.