I met a man yesterday.
One of our CI Babies (what we call kids in our program) who went through the program years ago, needed a ride to meet this tow truck company. She had been waiting for months to get her car and today was the day. She finally got her keys back from a relative, and I told her I’d take her to get her car!
When we pulled up, this man (who is always friendly I might add) came over with joy,
“You are finally getting your car!”, he said to the young lady.
She was eager and he was so happy for her. Her car had sat in that parking lot for months and now she was going to be able to have it moved to a safer location, until the proper work was done on her car.
When the tow truck company arrived, this man offered some advice, and helped get her car safely onto the truck.
He then walked over to me, “Do you have a quarter?”
He asked me this the last time I saw him and I smiled.
“What are you going to do with a quarter?”
I wasn’t asking out of pure nosiness, but trying to figure out what this man would do with $0.25.
He responded, “Well If you give me a quarter, and others give me a quarter, Ill have just enough to go grab me a burger from McDonalds.”
I then said, “What is your name?”
He said, “Ronnie!”
“Ronnie, I don’t have a quarter-”
He simply thanked me anyway, but I wasn’t finished.
“I don’t have a quarter, but here’s what I can do. If you stay and keep V company, Ill run and go get you that burger from McDonalds”.
He smiled and said, “Okay, I can do that!”
I said, “What else?”
He looked shocked, and said “How about a Coke?”
“Well Ronnie, I can do that!”
I came back shortly, and handed Ronnie 2 cheeseburgers, fries, and a medium Coke.
He smiled and said, “I really appreciate that, I owe you one,” I simply replied, you don’t owe me anything.
Jesus paid it all anyways right?
V hugged him and told him she would see him around. I asked her how she knew him, “He’s homeless but he’s a good man”.
I’ve always admired V’s determination to work hard to excel in life despite her circumstances, and her willingness to accept any and everyone.
I had seen this man before, but yesterday I MET him. He had a name. He knew cars because he worked on them before he became homeless.
You see, these people may be HOMELESS, but they had lives before (AND AFTER).
They are just like you and I with dreams, aspirations,etc.
If you peel back the heaviness and grunginess of homelessness, you will see that they aren’t just the annoying person on the corner hounding you for money. If you got the chance for a second to ask them their name, send them a God Bless you, and got to know them, you may find yourselves and God tucked away on the inside.
I’m saying alll of this to say, EVERYONE needs a little Sunshine in their life. There are people in this world that need to know that when they feel all hope is gone, there are rays like us, filled with God’s love, ready to spread it and shine down on the darkness an
d harsh realities the world throws our way.
Until Next Time, Much Love,
Mrs. SPJ :)