Be completely humble and gentle. Ephesians 4:2
On the third Sabbath of every month, the Homeless Ministry branch of our church provides services to the homeless population in Ft Worth. Yesterday, we endured a drastic change in the weather-rain mixed with chilly winds. As we (my husband and cousin) traveled to our destination, I begin to think about the individuals that were facing the wintry conditions without shelter. I prayed for God to bless and alleviate the burden that so many men and women were facing today.
As we perused the area for a place to park and set up, it appeared that the population had doubled since my last visit. Providing for others has always been a part of my life; however, prior experience did not prepare me for the level of human suffering that I witnessed from the warm shelter of my vehicle. I immediately lost focus for the purpose of our mission as overwhelming grief replaced my rational thought processes. How could I have lived so frivolously…desiring so much more than the necessities of life?
Due to the harsh weather conditions, the Deacons made the decision for the senior women to remain in our vehicles while they served the community. The tears flowed as my cousin expressed the level of gratitude and humility that we should possess for God supplying all of our needs. Yesterday, God allowed both of us to reach a crossroad in our lives. We needed an eye opener to boost our spiritual growth. In order for us to develop the character traits that God desires, we had to witness abject suffering. My prayer is that we always retain the experience that deflated our sinful pride.
Dear Heavenly Father, please give us the desire to attain the humility and gentleness that you require from your children in order to see the world through your eyes. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz