A homeless gentleman was taking a shower at a public beach a couple of days ago and I struck up a conversation with him. I think it somewhat surprised him, as Iâ€™m sure he has few people that actually take the time to initiate a convo. He was middle-aged and showering with his shorts on â€“ probably one of the simple pleasures that he enjoyed in life at the moment. He opened up to me and told me of how he basically lost everything due to a health condition that left him without a home and job. His pacemaker was clearly visible on his chest.
I did my best to assure him that God is good and would look after him, and that made him smile and put a sparkle in his eye. Can you imagine, through a really stormy period with what must seem like little hope for a future, this fellow was clearly in tune with the goodness of God. I did my best to lift him up and help him out, and he never once asked me for a single thing.
It made me think about how strong the human spirit really isâ€¦
And of Romans 5:3-5â€¦ Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Iâ€™m still praying for himâ€¦
Do you have anyone in your life that needs a lift that you could help pick up today?