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It's great how God touches peoples' lives through others unexpected
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.

Published: Jun 14 2011 01:18:15am

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K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

What a wonderful testimony of what God has done! Sharing this story has blessed me. I was touched also by these words:

He was so happy, saying that though he may suffer on earth, God would have riches in store for him when he gets home.

So many of us, and by us I mean Christians, are focused on our circumstances at the moment. We reject the idea of suffering in any manner and yet here is this new-born babe in Christ who understands that what he endures in this world will not last forever, this light affliction is but for a moment. He understands these things will pass away but the "unseen things" are eternal.

I hope, if you have the opportunity to see him again, you are able to tell him that you shared his testimony and a woman in a far away place called "Minnesota" in the United States read it and was greatly blessed when she read it and that undoubtedly others will be as well!


K :princess:

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

So true! And to think that it was an old man in horrible circumstances that told me that! :D It still amazes me how God works through one man to bless others, and I'm so grateful that this story has blessed someone on the other side of the world. Isn't God just so amazing? :D

And I will definitely mention you, and all the others who commented, to the old man when I see him again. :)

Kirk M+ (@blessings2you)

What a truly glorious way to start a day, reading about the way God does His thing!

The Christian walk doesn't have to be complicated, as your sharing beautifully demonstrates. If we are willing to love people, listen to people and offer what we can verbally and materially to help people; amazingly many of them DO respond for they SEE the love of God in manifestation and not just read it in words.

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful account and may God richly bless you and your mom.

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

Thank you so much! I agree; everyone, especially us Christians, have been given much, with the obligation to give much as well. I admit, I am not that generous, but God really is changing me. :D

Thanks for reading my testimony. God bless. :D

Tan Yeowhwa+ (@silverpen)

Such a wonderful testimony of the leading of the Holy Spirit to hungry souls! Thanks for sharing this blog that blesses me, Sister Zheri.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

I am so glad this blessed you! Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. May God bless you always.

Shirley Calhoun (@startingover)

Gosh, you've got me crying too. It doesn't get any better than that. That was a lovely story, how incredible the Gospel must be to a man with no hope...nothing...and then to find out he is a child of a King! Wow . God Bless. Shirley

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

I'm still amazed that God gave me the privilege to experience this. I'm very much certain that God is blessing this old man even more, probably even using him to bless others. Thank you so much for reading this. May God bless you always!

Victor Lucas (@victorlucas)

Thank You and let the Lord continue to use you to bless you and fill your life with joy. You and your Mom did not have the heart of the world you live a life that God shaped your hearts and minds and lives to conform you to what He would have done. God reaches out to sinners to give them the gift of God. So yes when He comes into a persons life then that person will remember it for life. That man got love and most of all joy because someone cared enough to let him feel like he is not alone and he is loved. It's nothing like the love of Jesus and I am glad to have gotten it from you today.

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

Thank you so much for those very kind words! And thank you for having the time to read this. May God bless you always. :D

Mary Fanning (@wordsofhope)

That is so precious, so moving. Yes, God has many open doors for us to be a blessing to someone else. And it feels so good to be God's hands extended. If no one ever took the time for those we cross in our journey, look how many souls may be lost, how many people would go hungry, and how many people who just turn the other cheek, and think just a bum or whatever. I have done things simular. One day a young man in his car stopped me as i came out of a store. He said Lady, i know you probably won't believe me, but i am out of gas, trying to get home. I go to college in ( the city ) up north from where we were. I desperately need to get home. He didn't smell of alcohol or drugs. I gave the young man the money to get home and return to college. I said you could be lying to me, but God will know if you are lying to me or working a number on me. But in the name of Jesus Christ, i sow this into your life in time of need to get you home. I prayed a prayer over his life, and i even layed my hands on his forehead as i prayed. He gladly let me lay hands on and pray. After he thanked me over and over, and said God Bless you lady. I later watched as i loaded my groceries in the car. He drove up to the gas station and got gas. Sometimes you have to listen to that still small voice that tells you to give or not to give. But it blessed me too that day to help him get home. If it were my son, i would want someone to help. God Bless your kindness in ministering to that man.

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

That is so wonderful! It's always great to hear testimonies of Christians showing kindness to others, just as Jesus would have. Thank you for that, and thank you for reading my blog. May God bless you always!

Wendy Emali (@allaboutgod)

Thank you for sharing that. A lot of people may ask questions as to what happened to the man after you left him. But that's not important. Sometimes God makes things happen so you as an individual could realize something in life, not necessarily the person you may have helped. That comes as an added advantage...Whether its buying him clothes, that is one small thing that makes you realize how God works in us for the better of others, and not always ourselves. To love our neighbors just as we love ourselves. With that said, let me also leave you with a quote you may or may not have heard but it says,, 'God didn t give you another day to live because you need it, He gave you another day because someone else out there needs you". This is something lovely you and your mum did, and God shall truly continue to bless you.

Zheri De Vera (@eyeswideopen)

Amen to that! Actually, I feel like I was the one who was blessed by what happened. God really did some great things in my life, and that is one of them.

Thank you for that quote, its really wonderful; it made me see things differently, so thank you again. Thank you as well for reading this. May God bless you always.

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