When I got in my car this morning to go to work the temperature shown 19 degrees on my dash. It is the coldest it has been all year and later in the week it will get colder. Burrrrrrrr!
On the way to work there was an elderly woman walking in the cold. I have seen this woman many times. I have seen her talking to herself as she walks. One day last year I was stopped at a traffic light and the woman was yelling in my direction. She was not direct, just saying words out loud. I rolled down my window so I could hear. The events from that day in April are here.
This morning the same elderly woman was walking. I knew how cold it was and wondered why she was out walking in the cold. She was wearing a pair of white sweat pants, a floral dress that came to her knees, a button down long sleeve plaid shirt, and a thin zip-up black hoodie. She stopped to speak to the city meter man checking meters.
Someone driving by saw the woman and the spirit of God entered her, as she held a cup of steaming hot chocolate stopped at the same traffic light where I had seen the woman before. The driver of the car watched the elderly woman in her rear view window. The woman thanked God for the blessing of the steaming hot chocolate she made before she left for work to warm her hands as she had drove to work. The driver of the car wished she had rolled down her window and offered it to the elderly woman before she had taken her first sip. As I said before, the spirit of the Lord overcame the woman driving the car and she circled the block to search for the elderly woman. She could not offer the woman the hot chocolate, but she did have something else to offer the woman for warmth.
When she made the block the elderly woman was not in sight, but the man reading meters was still there. She pulled the car to a parking spot across the street and asked the man in which direction the elderly woman went. He answered that she went into a nearby service station. The woman returned to her car and drove to the service station. Upon entering the store she saw the woman speaking to another woman at the self-serve coffee station.
“Hello, I saw you walking and wanted to give you this coat,” the driver of the car said as she removed her long black wool coat with a black satin lining and handed it to the elderly woman.
“She may not want that coat,” said the woman making a cup of coffee .
That did not stop the driver of the car. “This coat is for you. You don’t need to be out in the cold without a coat.” She gave the elderly woman a hug and said, "I love you and God loves you."
The elderly woman wanted to refuse the coat. “Don’t you need to be at work?”
“Yes, I need to be at work, but I don’t need to be at work more than you need this coat.”
She took the coat, but instead of putting it on she folded it over her arm, “I’ll wear it to church.”
“You wear it to church, you wear it all the time. That is your coat and you wear it when you go outside. You take care of yourself in this cold.”
The woman making coffee spoke then, “Her name is Marie. She lives there across the street. Thank you.”
“God loves you too.” Said the driver of the car and she turned and left the gas station and went on her way to work.
Love another human being today. Love a stranger. May the spirit of God enter your life and lead you. It is through the Holy Spirit that God’s work is continuing. God is good all the time. To God be the glory!
John 21: 27
25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
What if we were living life as if a book were being written about us? What would your book say?
During the holiday season at Logos Baptist church we watched a video about missions and a quote from the video was, “When an old man dies a whole library dies with him.”
May God bless you today, may you be the woman that gave her coat, or someone that will witness God at work and see the Holy Spirit enter someone that will give a coat off their back and change another life. God is at work. Open your eyes and heart and experience God’s love today.
Thanking God for blessing my life and praying that He will meet many needs of those who need some warmth to make it through the winter.
May you experience God today.