Hebrews 13:2 NLT
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”
Today, God sent me an Angel. He seemingly came out of nowhere. As I’m standing on a bus line to travel from New York to New Jersey, a man approches me as he crosses the middle of a busy street. At that moment, I didn’t look very approchable. I had just got off a busy train and had two heavy bags in my hands. My face reeked of annoyance, just like every other New Yorker at rush hour. If you asked me, I thought I did a decent job at covering up that annoyed look. But hey, guess not. For some odd reason, this man approached me and said, “Hey, I think you dropped something… right there.” He convincingly points as if its near my left foot. I had just pulled out $3.00 for the bus so firmly believed that claim to be legitimate. He proceeds to slowly say, ” I think its a smile or something.” At that moment, I stopped looking for the ‘lost object’ and said to myself, ok, this man is clearly buggin. I gather up some kindness and say “thank you.” Then, I think to myself, oh, ok he just tried to low key insult me by saying I look mean! I almost took this personal, thinking I’m minding my own business, what did I do to him to say such a thing? I quickly brush it off and realized what had just happened. Saying to myself, “God!… you are hilarious… ok, ok it get it!”
Finally, my bus had arrived. I took another glimpse in my bag to make sure my wallet didn’t drop and take one last look behind me, where the man had pointed. As I walked towards the bus, low and behold, the man returned! He boldly said, “did you get what I was really trying to say???” Still annoyed, I said “yes. Yes I do.” Ok, this guy was venturing real close into stalker territory, but I actually knew exactly what was happening, as God had revealed it to me moments after this man departed the first time. After I said “yes, I do”… with profound confusion, he proceeds to say ” then why havn’t you picked it up???” He shakes his head … walks away… and dissappears… I saw no trace of his back when i turned my head away and then turned back to look for him.
You see, the back story is that I was at odds because I received some news that would alter my spending allowance for the rest of the month. Once I received the news, my attitude drastically changed and I began to think of ways, methods and steps of action in which I needed to take, in order to survive the next few weeks. I had completely dismissed my faith in knowing that my God will supply all my needs. I had totally become dependent on my own efforts and my own resources. As I took my seat on the bus, shame overcame me. How dare I put my home before you Lord? … you got me that new home! How dare I put my trust in myself??? You’ve provided for me this far!!! At that moment I repented to God. “Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. I know that you are my source and I know that you will supply my needs. I need not put my trust in myself, for I stand on your word. You are the truth! You are the way, the truth and the life!”
Thank you Lord Jesus, for sending an Angel to tell me to pick up my smile 🙂
Philippians 4:19 NLT
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”