Author, Sara Wilson - CMC Case Manager
Last week something amazing happened that I just wanted to share. I received a call one evening from another staff member, informing me that there had been a client at the Storehouse that was asking about a pair of steel toed work boots that she needed in order to start a new job on Monday.
The Storehouse helped get the client connected to the CMC office and on Friday when the doorbell rang, I recognized who the lady was. She told me that she was checking on some steel toed boots. A friend of the CMC had purchased a new pair of boots and dropped them off. As soon as she laid her eyes on the newly bought shoes, she started to cry, not believing that someone could care enough about her to do such a nice thing. I sat down on the floor in front of her and slowly helped get her ragged tennis shoes off so we could try on the boots. By the time she was laced up and trying them out, the tears flowed heavily and her praises revealed that she recognized God's faithfulness in providing these boots so that she could go to work on Monday.
She was putting some food and water in her backpack when she reached inside and pulled out a piece of cardboard that read, "Please help me. I need a pair of "steal" toed boots for work," written on it. She said that where she had been standing, several people had stopped and rolled down their window long enough to shout at her that she had incorrectly spelled the word "steal." They then rolled up their windows and drove away. Her pain was acknowledged, but instead of trying to help, they drove away. She didn't want money. She didn't ask for food or even a place to stay. She simply needed a pair of boots for work on Monday.
That day was different for my homeless friend who was reminded of the faithfulness of God. One look from God in her direction was all she needed to realize that she is precious to Him. Not only is He good to give strength to the weary that come inside, He is good to allow those of us whom are called to serve a glimpse of Him each day.
One part of the Lord's prayer reads, "Give us this day, our daily bread," and I don't think that Jesus was talking about food in particular. I think that moments like these are the bread that we need to sustain us. Reminders of His faithfulness, goodness, love and compassion. That's the real life sustainer because when it comes from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we have all we really need.
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