I was driving home from the airport. I was ready to exit the freeway and I saw her standing on the corner. She was young and pretty but had a look of defeat in eyes. Her sign said she was she had “lost everything, anything would help. Thank you and God bless”. But there were two other words that caught my eye and then I couldn’t look away.
Instantly, I felt connected to her in some small way. My heart broke for her. I don’t know how she got to this place in her life where she is standing on the street corner. Maybe it was bad choices, maybe it was just how life played out for her. But I didn’t really think about that. I imagined myself in her shoes, how humbling to be standing on a street corner asking others to provide for you and your family. I know as a mom you will do anything for your kids. I saw her doing that.
I didn’t have anything with me. No money. No food. I had to drive away with only giving her a smile. As I drove off, I looked in my rear view mirror and I saw her drop her head and her sign in defeat. And I knew I wanted to help. I came home and gathered some food, some other necessities and some kids books. I invited Mason to come along with me. We prayed for her the whole time as we traveled back. Thankfully she was still there when we returned. I smiled and asked her name. She told me Tisha and her son’s name is Jacob. She said he loves to read and will be so excited for the books. I told her I would be praying for her. The light turned green but I just wanted to keep talking. She walked away with a big smile on her face. There wasn’t a look of defeat anymore but a glimmer of hope. I smile and waved and we drove off. It was just a 60 second interaction but it gripped me. We prayed again for them, this time by name. With tears dripping down my face I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to share His love with Tisha and Jacob. And I thanked Him for helping me look beyond myself and my agenda to serve someone outside of my little world. Because many times I am so wrapped up in “me” I don’t see others as He does.
This is not to put a spotlight on myself but more of a reminder that we all can have things happen outside of our control and we end up in a hard place. At one time or another we may find ourselves in a situation where we need others to get to a better place. Maybe not standing on a street corner but help in another way. Maybe it’s our friends that need a meal, an errand ran, a ride somewhere or a break from their kids. Let’s keep our eyes open to who we can help. We aren’t called to do this life alone but we are called to live life together. Good or bad. Friend or stranger.
We are called to live His love out.