It's great how God touches peoples' lives through others unexpectedly. He works in wondrous ways that come unexpected to a person, but leaves the memory of what He's done embedded in the human heart forever. That is exactly what God did to me today.
I actually wasn't really supposed to go to the mall, but circumstances made me do so; proving that what happened today wasn't an accident, it was God's Hand at work. So while I was walking there with my mom, we came across an old man sitting by the sidewalk. He was begging for money and for food, and his clothes were all dirty and tattered. This wasn't the first time we ever saw him, we actually gave money to him before. He was trying to sell these brushes (i don't really know what you call them, but they're for cleaning the toilet), but no one would buy them, so he had no money to buy food or even water. I approached him to give him some money, and me my mom ended up having a conversation with him. The entire time of that conversation, I was holding back tears.
We asked him about his family, but he said he didn't have any. He even mentioned that if only he had married, then he wouldn't turn out in the state he was in. He said he was about 71 years old; and that if he died, they would just bury him anywhere with no one to even mourn for him. But that's not the part that nearly got me weeping, it was what he said afterwards.
He asked if we were Catholic; we said no, we were Christians. My mom then asked him if he knew about Jesus, then his face just lit up. What we didn't know was that we were not the first people that day to approach him. He mentioned that two college girls went up to him to share God's Word, and they even gave him this mini book about salvation (which he showed us). He was so happy, saying that though he may suffer on earth, God would have riches in store for him when he gets home. He was talking about God to us and his grace, and all the while I trying so hard to hold back tears! He was so excited (i couldn't really explain it) when he mentioned passage from the Bible that the girls told him. He quoted 1 Corinthians 3:19 which says, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness is God's sight...". For some reason, this verse really stuck to him. He went on saying how he asked God for forgiveness for all his sins, and how Jesus saved Him. At this point, I really couldn't hold back my tears anymore.
We then told him to stay where he was, because we were going to run to the mall to buy him some stuff. So, me and my mom got him food, clothes, and other things we thought he might need. I can't forget the look on his face when he saw all the things we got him! While we were gone, somebody gave him bread; and he said that it's an early Christmas for him. He was so happy! We prayed over him; and after one last goodbye, we parted ways.
God has taught me so much today. Imagine, on the day this old man was saved, God sent me and my mom to give him all of the things he needs! It's just so amazing that God blesses all his children, whether rich or poor. That day, the old man got to know and accept Christ; and in return, God blessed him so much that day. While He was blessing him, God was blessing me and my mom as well. We expected that we were the ones to preach to the old guy, not the other way around! I just feel soooooo blessed right now. At the end of the day, God taught me a new lesson, and also gave me a new friend.