Well, I don't have to tell anybody that the times we're living in are crazy, crazy, crazy but God continues to show me He is still on the throne and saving lives!
The other morning, I woke up about my normal time (4:30 AM) and felt a compulsion to leave early for the office. On the way stopped at my routine convenience store to get my sausage biscuit and milk oh yeah, an apple fritter too. When I pulled up to the side entrance of the convenience store, I noticed a man crouched down with a little grocery bag against the wall. I just assumed that he was waiting on a ride to go to work. I went into the store and did my business but as I left the store Jesus said I want you to help that man.
When I exited the building he was standing up, I looked at him and said, are you OK and he began to tell me that he needed to get to where his wife was. After a small exchange in dialogue I agreed to take him to his wife. Along the way I found out that he was released from jail the day before and walked over 20 miles to where I found him. His feet were sore, and he could not continue to walk any further. It was raining, cold and he had just lost all hope. He asked me what I did, and I told him I ran a program to help men who are recovering from addiction and recently released from jail or prison.
He looked at me and said; “WILL YOU HELP ME” and then began to tell me that as he was walking from jail he passed two churches and at each church he passed he walked up on the steps in prayed for God to send somebody to help him. It became obvious I was that man and God was going to get the glory! We made it to his wife's work location as she was getting off her shift. She approached me with tears in her eyes thanking me for helping her husband, her words; “he's a good man just lost his way”. I informed my new found friend Jesus has answered your prayer so it looks like you will be going with me this morning. Several days later the cloud is lifted from his head, his feet are healing up, and Jesus has restored his hope.
There is nothing like seeing God at work! The love He has for the least of us is amazing!
I encourage you next time He tells you to do something, don't blow it off because you're too busy or don't want to get involved because you just might be a part of seeing God restore hope to a life that was desperately looking for Him! To God be the glory!
Pastor David Elkins