We All Have Been Blessed
Tonight as I was leaving Best Buy, I decided this man going through the garbage can outside of the store. While I was walking to my car I was watching him as he reached in the garbage can and pulled out fast food trash bags and inspected all that was in the thrown away bags. He did this in a few minutes minutes. He would find a few chips in one bag and a bite or two of a hamburger in another bag. You can see the hamburger wrapper by his knee where he was placing the food items he’d found.
He never disturbed no one or tried to stop and beg for money as people entered and left the store. After he went through the entire trash can he neatly cleaned up the field and wrapped up the food he found in the dirty hamburger wrapper. My heart literally hurt for him. I am not someone who just hands out money or even helps homeless people because so many are not truly homeless. I don’t thought I’ve ever seen someone actually go through a garbage can to try to find food to eat.
I knew I must help him. I got out of my car and asked him if I could buy him something to eat. He told me he would thankful anything I could get him. He was on a used bike and I told him if he’d follow me I’d buy him a meal at the fast food place around the block. He followed me and I bought him the biggest meal they had on the menu. The only request he gave me for his order was if I could get him a big glass of milk to go with his meal!
When I brought him his food, he was so thankful. He told me his name was Kevin and he’d been homeless ever since hisbrother Pul died last October. He was trying to get off the streets, but it was not easy.I told him God loved him and I would pray for him. He told me again how much he appreciated the food.
When I got back in my car, I drove off with such a heaviness in my heart for Kevin. I drove down the road and felt compelled to go back to help this man. When I came back he had finished his meal and was riding away. I pulled up beside him and asked him if there was any way I could help him. He told me not really. He never asked me for money. I asked him if I could buy him a few meals and put it on a gift card for him. He told me that would be so kind. I drove to Burger King and bought him some food and gave him a gift card.
Kevin started to crying. He told me that he prayed for me today! I wasn’t sure what he meant (I was assuming he was praying for me for what I did for him) so I thanked him. He said, “No, you don’t understand. I prayed that God would send someone to buy me a hot meal today… and he sent you!” I didn’t know what to say. Praying for a hot meal wasn’t a prayer I had prayed today! Come to think of it, that’s not a prayer I’ve ever prayed! I always pray over my food, but I’ve never prayed for a meal… its expected! I’ve never doubted that I wouldn’t be able to eat… Tears began to fill my eyes! Oh my… how blessed am I… Maybe God used me to answer this man’s prayer… to let him know that He cares for Him and knows what goes going through! But, maybe God used this man to show me just how blessed I am and what I take for granted…
Kevin said, “You see, I have stomach cancer!” He pulled up his shirt and pointed to a huge mass that was poking out from his stomach. He said he knew it wouldn’t be much longer. I asked him if knew Jesus. He told me that he did. I asked if I could pray for him and he said that I could. We prayed right there on the sidewalk of Burger King. Tears just poured from his eyes. He told me he knew that he was going to die and that he was ready to die. He was tired of being in pain and he would be better off dead.Because it was not real life.It just pain. I stayed and encouraged him for a few minutes trying to fight back my tears. My prayer is that I showed him the love of Jesus today… that something I said gave him a hope.
Understand? Everybody has a story! I know Kevin’s story now… all because I felt compelled to help him… he ended up touching me today!
When I left him, I knew I had done what God wanted me to do! God put Kevin in my path today… I feel he did! I’ve never felt such a feeling to help someone as I did today. I was reminded again of how blessed I am! I have a vehicle that gets me from place to place, I have a roof over my head, clean clothes, money to buy a hot meal, running water, machines, electricity, internet, my health, a job, family, and friends! Sometimes God sends situations our way to remind us of how blessed we are! If you’ve read this far, please remember Kevin and who try to live like him in your prayers!
Yes, I have been blessed, God’s so good to me! Precious are His thoughts of you and me! There’s no way I could count them, there’s not enough time, so I’ll just thank God for being so kind. God has been good, so good! We all have been blessed!