This morning as I drove home from dropping my daughter off at school, I saw a teenage girl with two young children walking up State Street. None of them was wearing a hat or gloves. The young boy did not have a coat. IT’S FOUR DEGREES OUT!
I went up to the next intersection, praying for them. Then it hit me – why don’t I DO something about it?? So I drove around the block and when I came back they were still walking. I stopped the van, opened my door (the window was frozen shut) and asked if I could please give them a ride. To my surprise she said yes immediately. I didn’t have enough seats (yes, so they rode illegally!). I asked where they were going… she said to JK Elementary. That would have been at least a 15 minute walk, if not more, and I’d just heard on the news that with the current conditions it would only take 10 minutes to get frostbite. (In my head I thanked God for nudging me to stop!)
I drove them to school. The girl was a teenager and the children were her niece and nephew. Mom was sick and their car broke down a few weeks ago. Then I drove the girl to Northside Deli to buy some food for the kids’ parents.
Before she left the car I asked her if she needed a hat, scarf, or mittens. She accepted a scarf – an extra one I had in the car. She told me they all had mittens & hats at home, but they couldn’t find them and they’d been running late. I wished I’d had some more extras in the van for them.
This was outside my comfort zone. I’ve considered stopping for people before, but I think only once have I ever done it, and the girl didn’t accept the ride. But today I could not leave these kids out there in the cold.
I am so blessed. When I think about the three of them, it makes me want to cry. I told her that if I saw them out tomorrow morning I’d stop for them again. I want to do more for them if I can. I’m going to put some extra mittens, hats, and scarves in the van for tomorrow. I’m praying that someone gives them a ride home this afternoon. I’m also praying that I can be God’s light to them in a dark world.
Would you pray for them as well, and for all the others out there who are in similar situations? How dare I feel sorry for myself about not having new clothes or a new house. I have what I need and way more than that, because God has provided for me.
Please pray with me for Levi, Jasmine, and Jasmine’s brother. Pray that I can share God’s love with them. At the same time, praise God for providing all you need.