Have you ever left your house at night and really looked around?
Not just looking at the cars passing by or the beautiful city lights at night, but really looked? Looked into how different the city looks late into the hours of the night versus midday.
There is a HUGE difference in my opinion. That difference lies not just in the darkness, but in the people.
During the day on a busy Saturday or Sunday, for example, the city is littered with people playing all types of sports, hanging out with friends and just enjoying life. At night though, you don’t see that.
When the nighttime comes all the games stop, friends go their separate ways and the enjoyment ceases; at least for that day.
Though bars and clubs may still be poppin at night, I’m talking about what life looks like outside of the bars and clubs. What life at night looks like on the streets of the city.
For me, I still see people on the streets of the city at night. The same people that were walking the streets during the daytime, but you may not have noticed. They may have walked right around the basketball game you were playing or passed right by you when you were setting up your picnic blanket with your friends at the park.
These are the people who may not have homes to go to. The people we call homeless.
Not only do I pray and give money to many homeless persons I pass by, I feel for them. Maybe the shelter they looked to stay at didn’t have enough room for them, so the only place they can turn to is a park bench, stairs to a building or under a bridge.
It truly breaks my heart.
Not only does it break my heart, but it makes me appreciate what I have. The things I might take for granted like my car, house, food and bills being paid. The things that I don’t deserve at all, but God blesses me with. I mean what makes me better than that homeless man or woman on the street?
I just wanted to get this off of my chest. I pray that one day God blesses me financially so that I can give back to the poor. My dream is to one day have buses that drive through the city at night looking for the homeless. Picking them up and taking them to the nearest open shelter. If they prefer to sleep on the street, then bringing them food. Also checking on them to see if there is anything they need.
Remembering that they are people too. People with needs just like you and I. People who God loves and cares about just the same as He does me and you.
That is my dream and hope.
But until then I will just pray and give to those in need as best as I can. Remembering that they are created by God as well and of no less value than me.
Please remember to count your blessings as you nor I are worthy of any of it. We are granted our home, money and means by God and God only. As you lie in bed comfortably enjoying a rainy night, remember that there is a homeless person out there looking for shelter to avoid the rain. So what may be a peaceful night to you, may not be so peaceful to someone else on the street.
Yes, you may think that you earned your degree and worked for what you have, but God had a hand in all of that – whether you want to believe it or not.
9 “A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”
– Proverbs 16:9 (New King James Version)
Things could of fell through financially for you, but He didn’t allow that to happen. He made a way. So thank Him. Appreciate Him for the big and little things in your life.
You could have been born blind, physically impaired, deaf, and with so many other physical disabilities. If you have any of those I pray for you. But if you don’t, be thankful.
You can say it’s the homeless persons fault for being on the street. They may have been strung out on drugs and blew their money away or whatever, but that’s not your place to say. Nobody on this earth is perfect – not even you. If you can grow out of old bad habits, why can’t they?
So yeah, I just feel for them and pray for them. I was talking with a guy after church tonight whose been in and out of the hospital so much for countless injuries but has remained free from pornography for 8 YEARS and devoted to the Lord for I don’t know how many years!!!
He offered to take me for ice cream after church and just wanted to hang out. This is a man with a disability that prevents him from being able to work, but he is still committed to The Lord. That makes me cry just thinking about it. I’m in a group with some guys to abstain from pornography and none of them have any disabilities but struggle going a day or two sometimes without looking at porn.
Now I know I’m not perfect by any means, but I knew I had to talk with this guy from church about how he could be stricken with so many medical issues, but still seek God so heavily and abstain from porn for 8 years when me and my peers struggled staying away for a week.
My point is the homeless and those persons you may look at and not think twice about have A LOT of value. You just have to stop and have a conversation with them. Listen to them. Even if other people look at you funny.
Two scriptures I want to leave you with are Proverbs 19:17 and 1 Samuel 16:7.
Have a Goodnight and remember to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. You don’t deserve any of them; God blessed you with them.
Also, give to the homeless this week. God will appreciate it. Trust me.
“17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.”
Proverbs 19:17 (New International Version)
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version)