It’s summer! It’s time to spend a long weekend at the beach.
get some sun,
put my feet in the sand,
take a dip in the salt water,
look out on the ocean where the sea meets the sky
My family and I anticipate these long weekends at the beach. For me, it’s an opportunity to take in all the benefits that the beach provides to my body, soul, and mind. There is so much…the sound of waves breaking on the shore, the sight of a breathtaking sunset, the activity around the beach town.
During this beach get away, the hubby and I had two chance encounters.
The first day, we were waiting for the trolley. Well, that trolley drove right by us, full of beachgoers. Hubby decided to take a seat on a bench while we waited for the next trolley.
An elderly man (kinda scruffy) carrying a tall can in a brown paper bag walked up and asked if he could sit by him. Hubby smiled at him and welcomed him to sit. He started talking to my hubby while taking drinks out of the can. He’s not happy about some of the city ordinances and shared his grievances. Hubby listened to him and replied with a smile as the elderly man talked. The attention, kindness, and love that my hubby showed this elderly man made my heart smile.
The next trolley arrived. After we took our seats, we called out a goodbye and waved to the elderly man who was still seated on the bench. He looked up and waved back. Hubby smiled and said to me, “I made a friend.” That day, Kevin provided the elderly man with kindness and companionship.
The next day, we were walking to the grocery store for supplies…sandwiches, fruit, snacks, flip-flops. There was an elderly man who was sitting on the sidewalk with his head down. He was holding a McD’s breakfast sandwich. I looked at him as we passed him and I knew that I was supposed to do something for him. Holy Spirit whispered His Word to my spirit. I heard.
“WHEN YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU DID IT TO ME!”
As we walked around the grocery store, I looked at different items and asked the Lord, “What does he need?” When we were back in front of the store, I remembered that I saw 32oz bottles of cold water. Water. I bought the elderly man a bottle of cold water.
After we leave the store, I see him. He was still sitting there with his head down. I squatted down by him and softly said, “Hello.” His eyes were closed, but he opened them. I smiled and handed him the bottle of water. He took it and I don’t disturb him further.
These two chance encounters were opportunities…to bless, to be obedient, to be an example to our son and grandson, to open a door for possibility, for growth.
“HE HAS TOLD YOU, O MAN, WHAT IS GOOD; AND WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU BUT TO DO JUSTICE, AND TO LOVE KINDNESS, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD?”
Micah 6:8 (NASB)
Being in a ministry is a wonderful experience, but I am hearing the Lord tell me that in our daily lives, we have opportunities to show God’s love.
Growing in God’s Grace,