“… my desire now is reaching out to those around me.”
Yesterday I made this statement in my journal and on my blog. I followed this up with a prayer at the end: “Father God, I pray that I become more willing to put others before me and that I am willing to completely humble myself before You so that others might know Christ through me. -Amen.”
A lesson learned; never petition the Lord without expecting Him to answer. Below is my journal entry on an event that was a direct result of the above as Boo and I had lunch.
As we ate I observed a disheveled man pacing back & forth. He didn’t talk to anyone, wasn’t panhandling but looked hot and lonely.
As I continued to observe him I felt a strange feeling that I should see if there was anything I could do for him. God just wouldn’t let that out of my mind. I thought what I would feel like if I was homeless (don’t know that the man was) or just down on my luck (another assumption that I shouldn’t make) but how would I feel if I had nobody – nothing – all alone.
Just before we finished as we were preparing to leave he disappeared out of sight. I thought I’d missed my opportunity. If anyone knows me that normally would bring a sigh of relief.
As we walked outside Boo was standing just in front of the door and motioned to her left. The man was sitting down. Without hesitation (something I never would do) I approached him, sat down and introduced myself. I asked if there was anything I could do for him. He said no, he was fine, everything was okay. I offered a meal, and a kind word and the meal was rejected. Feeling the burden for him leave me, I shook his hand, said “God Bless” and we parted.
Just a couple of minutes later as we drove out the man was nowhere to be seen. He was just gone. Not in the parking lot, not on the street, nowhere.
Yesterday God moved me as I’ve never been moved before, to my knowledge. Was God putting me to the test? I don’t know but I do feel God was working through me. Praise His name!
As I finish this post my thought went to the passage of scripture in Matthew 25:34-37, “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”
What a statement that makes about even the little things we do to reach out to those around us to enrich their lives. I’m not saying I’m special, I’m just saying the Lord helped me to realize I need to listen to Him closer and He will direct my path. I’m excited to be a follower of Him.
Until next time …
~May God’s blessings shower down on each of you~