I was sitting at Starbucks with my laptop opened just checking some emails when I saw a man from a distance who appeared to be wearing a raggedy clothes and asking money from another man outside the coffee shop. My first initial reaction was “Should I go to him and offer to buy him some food?” this was a no brainer. Of course I should do that! Once again, my flesh was saying no but His Spirit was saying, “Are you really going to miss this opportunity? I’m definitely learning to listen and obey.
I closed my laptop, pack my stuff and rushed outta the door. I tried to look and see where he was but couldn’t find him. Finally after walking a couple blocks down the streets, I saw him sitting by himself in the corner. “Hi? My name’s Mark. What’s your name?” I think I mumbled when I said those words. I guess I was nervous because of his appearance. “Stan, do you have 50cents? ” That’s all he said. And I told him I don’t have any cash or any money but I can go buy him some food. “No, I just want 50cents. I need to go to the doctor for my shoulder.” He then shows me all his E.R tags. They were so many! I offered if I can pray for his shoulder to be healed and told him that God can heal him, but he rejected me 3 times.
Finally as I was about to turn my back and leave he goes “wait, do you wanna know what happened to my shoulder?” I said “absolutely. I wanna know!” he then tells me what happened and what he’s doing about it. As he was telling me the story I prayed silently for God to soften his heart and allow me to pray for him. The amazing thing happened. He said he goes to church (my church) and I told him I go to that church too and I’m on staff. He smiled and right there and then, I knew the right moment came and I offered to pray for his shoulder one last time and this time he said yes. I reached out for his hand and prayed for him and for his shoulder to be healed.
I think God healed his heart more than anything. It’s amazing how God can change someones heart in an instant. His ways are definitely mysterious and in a lot of ways, unpredictable.
Lord, thank you for Stan. Thank you for keeping him alive. I pray that you bring complete healing to his heart and his shoulder. And I pray that this Sunday you would give me the opportunity to see Stan again at church and just get to know him more. Be with him now God. In Jesus name, AMEN!