the other day i was able to witness a remarkable act of kindness.
I got to witness Jesus work within two completely different people and bring them together through His work and love.
I have a friend that is working on her relationship with Christ. She is a single mom. She works in a position that monitarily does not provide a comfortable lifestyle for her and her daughter. However, it provides them time together...to be a family. The material things that many of us take for granted are considered a luxery to them. They live in a humble one bedroom apartment where Mom sleeps in the living room in an effort to give her young 6 year old daughter the opportunity to have her own room.
One evening a few weeks ago I was with her at her apartment when she told me of a neighbor who had just lost her job due to a disability. She explained to me that since her neighbor was in such financial distress she had taken it upon herself to purchase the lady several bags of groceries.
Now, to those of us fortunate enough to not have to count the pennies at the grocery store this may not seem like a grand gesture. However, for my friend, purchasing these groceries for a distressed neighbor more than likely meant she would perhaps have to go without herself. She may have to cut down on travel for a week in an effort to conserve gas. Her daughter may have to turn down an invitation to a birthday party because money for even the smallest gift would not exisit.
I couldn't believe it as I watched her carry up 4 bags full of groceries to her neighbor. A neighbor that she really didn't even know that well. I was amazed. I was inspired. It was awesome.
Earlier this week I was able to once again watch as Jesus worked in another way....in a way that would in fact bless my friend beyond anything she could even imagine.
She was the recipient of a grand blessing from someone who in essence knows her no better than she knew her neighbor.
She recieved a card. A card with a check made out in the amount of $1000. A card that held the answer to many many prayers. A card from someone whose life she had touched in such a way that allowed this person to give, unselfishly, to someone who had a need. And that need was filled.
Another amazing twist is the fact that the lady who tithed this $1000 to my friend, is a lady who just a few months earlier had expressed her own financial distress. She too had been praying for a miracle. That miracle came to her in the form of a check from a distant uncle who had also been called to give. The gift that he offered was accepted with much gratitude but with an automatic ten percent taken out and tithed to another in need. Tithed as an answer to a prayer.
That, to me......is just