** One of my favorite talks is about ministering to the people who are in front of you. It may be the store clerk, a waitress/waiter, or someone on the street. I believe when we encounter people they should know we are Christians by the way we greet them. So the story below was just after I retired and had this look of what do I do now.. This incident below hit me really hard – sometimes God puts people right in front of us and we have a choice on how we respond. Do we take care of His people or just keep on walking and do nothing… **
I was doing one of my Wilderness walks today and my prayers have been about what am I going to do since I have just retired. As one of my previous blogs stated – one of my wilderness walks is to go on the Greenway, it is just at the end of my street. I had some great visits with my Advisory Pastors this week but nothing is sinking in yet.
Just as I am starting my walk I look down the Greenway a little bit and there is this young man sitting on his duffle bag. As I get closer he has his face in his hands and I thought he was just resting. He looked up so I asked him how he was doing – isn’t that what you are supposed to do? His response was “Oh just living out of my bag” > OH… now what am I supposed to do? We had a brief talk and some pleasantries were passed, and as I am walking away I say “God Bless You”. You have to understand that this is not normal for me – but it felt like I should say it. He had this big smile and said back to me “God Bless you also”.
I then proceeded to get back to the my Wilderness walk on the Greenway and I was not more than 30 feet past this young Man and God started his talk with me>>>>. He told me that I had been praying about what I am going to do in retirement and I just walked by what he wanted me to do………. “Take care of My People” So I turned around and went back to this young man and told him: “I said God Bless you but I failed to bless you”. So I handed him some money (I cannot tell you how much but I wanted to bless him) and then I told him to go have lunch… Now his response is what really did it for me…. He stated: “It is all about Jesus and thank you” – this is one of those WOW moments and he must have been sitting there praying when I walked up the first time.
So there was my answer to what I am supposed to do in retirement: “Take care of God’s People”. I do not know what that looks like as I go forward, but I do know that I cannot miss those opportunities again. As I walked away I told him I knew the battle was hard that he was going through and I wished him good luck.
We as Christians are in a battle at the present time – and there are even a few Christians who are homeless living out of their bags. I must be looking for those opportunities to help God’s people in need and I am excited to see what that looks like as I walk with Jesus in this new season of life.
**Diane and I shared a song on Face Book recently that was about those times that God does not seem to be taking care of our problems at the present time – but I am still going to Trust in Him as I go forward… I believe that this song was this young man’s life… Please enjoy listening to it… (It is a very powerful song)
Lauren Daigle – Trust In You:
So Please look for those opportunities God put’s in front of you help His People.
You just might be the answer to someone’s Prayer……….
And who knows – you just might be helping an Angel.
If you walk by – get ready for those talks from God – then turn around.
YOU WILL BE BLESSED!