I live for helping others and serving the Lord’s people, but sometimes there are people that we come across that truly teach us how frail all men are.
It was a typical night for me and the Holy Spirit. Out on the road, singing songs of praise and watching and listening for who we would find and bring hope in faith. As we passed the Walgreens, someone on the ground under the bus stop bench caught my eye.
I quickly turned around to go and see how we could help. When I approached the bench where the man was laying on the ground under it, I heard sobbing and what seemed like deep anguish of a man’s soul. I was suddenly moved into total compassion mode even more than just wanting to do a kind deed or good gesture.
I didn’t want to cause the man to be ashamed for his sobbing like a baby, so I approached slowly and softly whispered, “The Lord asked me to bring this to you tonight. Everything is going to be okay soon.”
I turned to head back to my car when I saw his arm reach out for what I had laid on the ground. I saw that he was a big muscular man and was wearing military clothing. He then spoke through his broken heart and said, “Thank you very much for coming.”
I told him that it was my pleasure and I let him know that he would find some words of encouragement and direction in the items that I left for him, as well as water, a snack and some money for food later.
I hurried back to my car where I began to cry for this man who had clearly been serving as a defender for our great nation and the people to be able to sleep securely in their beds that night. Meanwhile he was sleeping in the hot desert heat on the ground without a family or home. It was heart wrenching and something that I wanted all the people to see and know, so they would learn to love again. So they would understand that it’s not the fault of a man for not being strong or brave enough or a hard enough worker that will keep them from being homeless and broken. It is the love that each and every individual display or withholds from another that will ultimately keep our nation’s people off the streets and in the love of family. We don’t all have loved ones to love us, but we can love all as our Heavenly Father has done for us.
It is out of the deepest darkness that a man can find his way back through the light of love. Don’t live in fear of what might happen if you go out to help strangers at night. Be in fear of what will happen if you stay locked up in your home and ignore the lost and hurting in need.