The Abundance of God’s Love and Grace
A couple of days ago, while driving through Seattle, I witnessed something, both, awful and disconcerting. I am sure the situation has been present for some time now, but my consciousness only registered its presence this time. I guess like others, I grew cold to the knowledge that homeless camps existed; but homeless people living in tents beneath the overpasses along of the I5 interstate, not a few either, was unfamiliar to me.
The weather that day, cold and rainy, it had rained most of the day. Water from the interstate rolled down beneath the overpass, soaking into the ground, creating puddles across the grassy dirt ground. Rows of tents, mostly the two-man pup type, sat in neat lines as people huddled around them. To my surprise, the grounds beneath the over path, appeared to be designated as a dismal campground, with no roaring fires.
The traffic, always heavy, moved nosily across the road; even with my windows closed, the thudding of the tires, and running of the cars engines, took away any solitude from the highway. The air, moist and dense, was hard to breath. Just getting in and out of the car created misery in me; along with the bite of the icy raindrops falling upon my skin and clothing, I quickly grew chilled to the bone. I love the heat, and to be warm, and if it were not necessary, that was one day I would not have braved the inclement weather to travel in the city; to make it worse, I saw people living in tents in it.
Of course, I am not ignorant the homeless, I see them all the time and whenever I am able, I try to give to them, regardless; these are mostly men asking for food or work. The shock came when I recognized there were children standing around too. Small people huddled around with larger ones; children that will one day be the future of everyone reading this this now. I am not writing this judge our behavior in allowing homeless children, but I do believe in the words of Mother Teresa. “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
I will not ask myself, or have anyone else to justify how an average person can end up under that bridge. I have studied the business theories about how a single financial calamity can lead a person to complete ruin. In addition, having studied psychology, I understand how the mind of a person can envision a disastrous future; and through acting on their preconceived thoughts and knowledge, they lead themselves into the reality of the dreadful image they concocted in their minds. My thought is this; bad times come to all of us, none is exempt, but there is an abundancy of God’s grace and love.
I have been wounded by many things; the deaths of those dear to me, the loss of a job and money, hurt from others I loved and trusted, bad car accidents, sickness, and the loss of hope; nevertheless, God, helped me through it all. My wonderful God, took away the pain, and the lack; he helped me move forward, giving me more than I expected; things of the world, and optimism. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) tell me, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Therefore, I can tell you of his goodness, things I have witnessed with my own eyes and lived through with my own body. Not only has he saved and protected me, God has given me the dream of telling others about his wonderful works and the goodness that he has for those that believe him. I will tell all that wants to hear about his goodness. Why? Because I feel everyone is precious to God, and no one needs to suffer needlessly because of lack of knowledge about him.
3 John 1:2 (KJV) 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
John 10:10 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV) The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.
These are only three of God’s promises that I stand on, but there are so many others that I lean on. I find them when I study his word, the bible, and submit myself to the beautiful Holy Spirit. As I read his word, he enlightens my heart; giving me a deeper understanding of his love for all.
I try to see people different now, and look at them as God says I should. God’s goodness and my love for him, makes it easy; I lack nothing that I want. He takes away my cares, giving me time and space in my heart to feel for others. This helps me fulfill God’s plan for my life, to tell others about his great love; he does not want one of his children hurting.
The Abundance of God’s Love and Grace