GUTHRIE, Okla. – A Christian woman from Oklahoma recently stunned a man who stole her wallet after she offered to pay for his groceries.
The situation happened earlier this month when Jessica Eaves, who serves as an outreach leader at First Christian Church of Guthrie, realized that her wallet was suddenly missing.
She had been shopping in her local grocery store and remembered seeing a man come up behind her. The next thing she knew, her wallet was missing from her purse.
However, instead of immediately calling the police, Eaves decided to do something bold: she tracked him down. But as she did so, an admonition from the Bible came to mind.
“So I walked toward him and kind of weaved through the carts,” she told local television station KWTV. “And as I did, this Scripture from Luke kind of jumped out at me that said if someone hits you on the cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone steals your cloak, give them your shirt. So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just be nice.’”
“I said to him, ‘I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice,’” she told reporters. “You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries.”
However, she also told the man that if he chose not to return her wallet, she would call the police.
The unidentified shopper was taken aback for a moment, and then handed her the wallet.
“He just kind of stared at me for a second and he reached into his hoodie pocket and handed it to me,” she explained.
Eaves then proceeded to pay for the man’s groceries, which consisted of items such as milk, bread, bologna, soup, crackers and cheese. He became emotional and was moved to tears as she covered his $27 bill.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘I’m embarrassed, I have kids, I’m broke and I’m sorry,’” she told local television station KOCO.
However, the story didn’t end there. Eaves states that she never carries cash on her, but just happened to do so that day. Even more amazing to Eaves was the fact that she had just the right amount of money in her wallet to cover the man’s groceries.
“When I got to the check-out counter that day, his total was just a little over $27 and I had $28 in cash in my wallet,” she told the Christian Post. “And so I knew in that moment it wasn’t me. It was Christ that played in that moment.”
Eaves says that she never wanted any attention over the matter, but that when she posted about the experience on Facebook, word began to spread. While some have been critical of the college student and mother of four for not reporting the man for theft, Eaves believes that she did what was right and would like to see others also react the same when in similar situations. She also says that she hopes the man has learned his lesson and will stop stealing.
“Regardless of how much money we have, we should always be willing to help someone in need because there is always someone who is in greater need than we are,” she stated.