This post is probably the last thing I thought I would write when I decided to blog again. But do you ever have those moments where God puts you in a situation, and the Spirit speaks to you and says “you HAVE to do something about this!” Well that is what happened to me today.
It was raining this morning which of course caused some traffic delays. I heard on the radio that I-65 South was backed up pretty good so I decided to take a detour to work. So I traveled along the back roads and ended up on Jackson Street, downtown. What I saw I could not believe. I have seen this sight before, homeless men and women under an overpass piled with blankets, personal belongings, and tents. But something was different today when I saw what was in front of me. I looked at these folks and God whispered to me “these are my children” and it was like instantly He gave me His eyes to see. These weren’t just homeless men and women, people struggling on the street to survive, these were God’s children who need His light in their life, who need prayer, who NEED. Who’s responsibility is it to help? When you hear “help the homeless”, do you think of giving money to drunks or druggies that are going to do “no good with my money”? Or do you think “these are God’s children, who need prayer and encouragement, and yes a water bottle and some food to eat”?
God’s word says this about helping the needy in His word:
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 14:31 (NLT)
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but helping the poor honors him.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
I am asking for your help if you feel called to do so! I would like to put together some “blessing bags” to hand out to those in need in the downtown area. If you aren’t sure what a blessing bag is, google and you can easily find out. If you are interested in helping with this please contact me at my email below. Put in the subject line “Help Wanted” so I am able to spot those messages quickly. I truly think this could be an exciting thing to not only reach out to those with items they could use, BUT to also share the Lord with these folks and to share LOVE with them.
A little can go a long way.
Thanks friends for reading, and listening to my spontaneous and maybe crazy idea!