If you read my previous post, you know that we had a homeless teenager on our couch two weekends ago. This morning my son (who works second shift) brought home a teen or 20 something. He told his dad, “He was going to have to sleep in his car.” It was raining hard last night–the middle of November. So, again, I have a homeless teenager on my couch.
I see signs of poverty all around me. I went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few groceries and cat food. I grabbed the bag of cat food and noticed that a bag underneath was torn open. Most of the contents of the dry cat food were spilled out. There was no cat food on the floor or in the surrounding shelf. It appears as though someone needed cat food, couldn’t afford it, so they poked a hole in the bag and dumped cat food into their own containers. Since last summer we rescued one dog and two cats that were wandering about. The Animal Rescuer told us, “People are abandoning their pets because they can’t afford to keep them anymore. It’s happening a lot lately.”
Another Wal-Mart trip–this time the cupboards and fridge were empty and with three teenagers to feed, not to mention our couch guests, I needed a lot of groceries. (I avoid grocery shopping until the toilet paper runs out. Sometimes I think the kids hide the toilet paper just so I’ll go get groceries)! My cart was filled to the brim. A woman behind me in line kept staring at the cart and then at me. She and her husband each had a few items in their arms. As I was checking out and loading my cart, I prayed, “Father, does this couple need some of my groceries? What do you want me to do about this?”
I think he just wants me to “see” what is happening in the world around me. As Christians in America we are used to supporting missionaries, but what if God begins to show us people who are hurting around us? And it’s not just money, it’s healing as well. Do we need Capital Blue Cross or the Old Rugged Cross? Where’s the power when the health insurance tanks with the rest of the economy? Where are Christians who believe that if God took care of Abraham and Sarah without medical insurance, he can take care of me?
Now, I must admit to you–I don’t know what to do about the boy who’s asleep on my couch. (It’s an L-shaped couch so my son is asleep on one end and the newcomer is asleep on the other).
What would you do? Moreover, WWJD? What Would Jesus Do?
Personally, I don’t know what to do—yet. But I’m going to “go to the Tree of Life” where God is alive and sees everything. He knows this boy, I don’t. He sees the plan, I don’t. But before I go to the Tree of Life this morning, I wanted to pause here and invite you into my day. As Americans we’re used to reponding to needs with government programs. But what if those government programs tank with the economy? Where is the answer then? It’s the same place it’s always been–at the Tree of Life. I hope you’ll join me there this morning and get fresh direction for your day, for your week. Yield your calendar, your schedule, your interests to God. It’s a new day!!