I have a short story to tell, and share with you, today.
One day while driving in Seattle, my mind bombarded me with every negative thought possible. I began feeling distressed and over whelmed. Seeing a Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant, I decided to pick up some chicken because, I cannot get it where I live. Putting my negative thoughts behind me, I told my husband to stop in order that we could pick up some of the chicken, and take it back home with us.
While pulling into the drive through, a man stood near the entrance. He was holding one of those signs, I am sure you all have seen them, a piece of brown cardboard box. The sign read, “I need work.” He stood in the cold looking around, in a worn old jacket, his hands white and chapped. I could tell he was cold and lonely.
I had no work to give him, but pulling over I gave him some money. I know many people would say he was only trying to get money for drugs or alcohol. I don’t think so, because he had an old suitcase and a bag laying behind him, which I suspect contained all he owned in the world. Some call me naive, but that does not concern me either, because I saw a human being that was in need of something.
After, I had given the man the money; he gave me the biggest smile I think I have ever seen. He said, “God bless you.” Telling him thank you, and may God be with him also, my husband and I drove off. I looked back to see the man still stared, smiling at us as we drove off. Hebrews 13:2 came to my mind, “Be not forget to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Am I saying this was an angel, no. In fact, I hoped he was not, and that I truly helped a person that needed it. However, what is important about the story is, I forgot about my own self-pity and the rest of my day was wonderful.
God knows you. He helped me to see that my own worries were nothing compared to others around me, and, you.