In Wal-Mart parking lot, in an older model duly-style truck on a hot spring day in a strange town stands a 20 something year old man with a sign.
The sign hand written on the back of a white piece of cardboard reads: Family needs any kind of help, please! God Bless You!
As we turned into our local Wal-Mart earlier today, not to go to Wal-Mart but to Wendy’s, this is just what we saw. As we by-passed the Wendy’s and circled around to get closer to the young man, he smiled. The gratitude that we had stopped to talk to him flooded his eyes.
“What do you need, food? Maybe a burger or something?, we asked.
He started to explain that himself, his wife and mother-in-law were on their way back to Iowa had encountered truck trouble deplenishing their funds and was in need of food, gas or whatever. He said they appreciated anything. We told him no explanation was necessary we just wondered what they needed.
We changed our plans, we went in Wal-Mart. He had mentioned something about chicken to eat. Chicken it would be.
Entering Wal-Mart we got a buggy and were on a mission. Placing fried chicken from the deli, a loaf of bread, a case of water, a bunch of bananas and a box of honey buns in the buggy as we approached the check-out. Gas, they needed gas. We purchased the food in the buggy and a $20 gas card.
Leaving Wal-Mart with a an unexplainable feeling of fulfillment, we pulled up beside the young man with the sign. There was that smile and the gratitude in his eyes we had seen a few minutes earlier.
We handed him the bags with the food, the case of water and the $20 card. He smiled and said, “thank you and God bless.”
Our hearts were full of joy as were our eyes were filled with tears, to help another.
It doesn’t matter the reason they were in this situation. it doesn’t even matter if they were not in need. We wanted to help. We helped them for the right reason, the rest is up to them.
All this got me to thinking. If I were hundreds of miles away from home with no money, no food, no one to call, how would I feel?
I hope someone would help me. Thank you whoever you are, I hope you have a safe journey home and thank you for filling my heart with joy and reminding me to count my many blessings.
I just wonder, how would it feel?