There we were, my friend and I, enjoying a 3 day trip to beautiful “beachy” Carlsbad, California. Palm trees swaying gently in the breeze and the beautiful enormous “Denver omelette” sitting on my plate for lunch, made for a great day!
I cut the omelette down the middle, knowing that it was too much for one meal and enjoyed the half that was “just enough”. But, I had a “soft thought” going through my mind as we ate and chatted. “I’d hate to waste the other large half of that omelette. Someone would enjoy it.” Hmmmm…
As the waitress came to take payment for our meals, I asked her if there were a lot of homeless people in the area or within walking distance of the restaurant. She said yes, down by where the Coaster train station was, about 2 blocks away.
I asked her to please box up the remainder of the omelette and toast that I had not eaten and told her thank you. I asked my friend Pam if she would mind if we prayed and asked the LORD who we were supposed to feed with that huge amount of omelette that was left over. She said let’s do it!
So, we headed down the street and turned a corner and walked towards lovely vacation area condos and small businesses until we reached the train station. There were all kinds of people sitting on benches, reading or looking at their phones, waiting for the train. Scattered about were several homeless people, most likely staying out of the sun and looking for either people to give them cash or to catch the free train that drove them up and down the coast to different locations.
I saw a man sitting on a cement wall with several backpacks and a shopping cart nearby. Something inside of me was drawn to him and so out in the open, with many other witnesses, (although they pretended not to watch,). I approached him.
I said, “Excuse me sir, but I have this beautiful “Denver omelette” that has not been eaten from and I was wondering if you were hungry and would like to enjoy it on this beautiful day?”
The man lifted his head which was covered by a camouflage fabric hat and said, “Absolutely! That would be wonderful! I’m so hungry!” And so, I handed the bag to him which also had a fork and toast and napkins inside.
I asked him gently if he would mind if I prayed for him and could I bless the food. He smiled and said, “Go for it! I’m a believer too! I’ve met several people from your planet!” (This man was a bit hyperactive and jerked his body occasionally. I could tell that he was suffering with a mental health issue, yet was very kind and humble.)
As I prayed for him, it became very quiet around us. Those in the small waiting area (it’s outdoors) were watching and yet “not” watching. I felt the great compassion of the LORD for this man and prayed prayers of healing, hope, and safety over him, thanking the LORD for the honor of meeting him that day.
As I finished praying, the man gave a happy “Amen” to the prayer and extended his hand to me, introducing himself as “Marty”. He said thank you again, and I told him it was nice to meet him and began walking away.
Just as I walked a few feet away from him and crossed the street, Marty shouted, “Your timing was incredible and perfect. I was really hungry and God heard me say so!”
It’s the little quiet voice of the spirit of God that whispers to us to share, to risk, to show kindness. Marty, one of God’s broken children needed help that day. And God sent Pam and I on a brief street mission to find him.
Who might be in your line of sight this week? Who needs your compassion or gentle help? It costs nothing but time, courage and obedience to the voice of God, sending you into all the world.
Wherever you are in the moment that the voice whispers…
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” Matthew 25:40.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|