I was getting out of my car one day when a man approached me asking for change. He was very thin, dirty, and obviously in want.
I asked him what he needed and his reply was, “Something to eat, Mam. I’m starving to death.” And from the looks of his frail body, he was.
I told him that I would go into the Food Mart and get him something to eat. He replied, “Thank you, Mam.”
A few minutes later, I exited the small store with a bag of food for the man, who kindly thanked me. “Thank you, Mam. God bless you.”
As he walked away around the corner, I realized I should give him a few water bottles from the back of my van. I drove around the corner where he had walked. Admittedly, I was curious to see what he was doing with the bag of food.
I was so completely taken aback when I saw him sitting on a curb, underneath the shade of a tree with a bowed head and folded hands. It was not so much that he was thanking God for his food but that he actually took the time to give thanks before eating it.
It made me think of the numerous times I was too “starving” to stop and give thanks for my food before tearing into the paper and diving face first into my cheeseburger. I was so humbled by this man and by what I was witnessing.
At the time, we were studying The Purpose Driven Life. One of the things we had been looking at was real worship. Not doctrines, not functionality, but from the heart worshiping. I was fortunate enough to see that firsthand.
I share this story not to boast of my good deeds, or so that the world will know of my kind act, but because it would seem from the outside that that day I helped a man in need. But from the inside, I would tell you that a man in need blessed me.
What I saw in that parking lot will stay with me forever because I learned so much from such a simple moment. I was once again reminded of how much I have to be grateful for. It was truly humbling to see that someone who had apparently nothing, has everything.
Jesus Christ did that for us.
Some of us take the time to stop and thank Him and for that I am eternally grateful…and utterly humbled.
*This took place more than 8 years ago, but that experience still impacts me today. I hope you are blessed by this act of true worship.
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