It’s been an interesting last few days. There’s never a dull moment on the spiritual path. I love to share the things I encounter so people can learn from them, even change their perception of things. I have two tales to share today. Actual events that occurred over the last couple of days.
Let me start by saying I am thankful for the peace, calm, strength, and endurance God gives me. Without God, I’m not sure what I would do or how I would have made it this far. This isn’t some follow the spiritual path gimmick, but it is true. God is good; he’s amazing. So all that being said, I’ll start with the heartfelt story first.
The man in the white van
The first day of the massive blizzard we had here in PA, rolled up a man in a white van to do some work for the lawn company my development uses to remove the snow. I noticed him parked in front of my neighbor’s house when I was out shoveling.
The next morning day 2 of the blizzard, I went back out to shovel. The man was still there, and I noticed he had slept in his van. I felt terrible for him; I wanted to bring him coffee, but he was asleep, and I didn’t want to wake him.
Later that day, I was shoveling again around 2 or 3, and I noticed he was still sitting in his van. He hopped out of his van and approached me, and started talking to me.
He mentioned that the neighbor yelled at him for sleeping in his work van in front of her house, he lost his home remodeling business due to covid, and he was living out of his van. He just started pouring it out to me. He mentioned he found the snow removal job on Craigslist, and he needed the money. So that is why he was there.
Sometimes people need an ear to listen to them, so I did. I felt awful for him. I knew he had little sleep, and I didn’t see him eat a thing.
After chatting with him, I came in from shoveling, and for some reason, the following thought came to my head “saints fight the most challenging battles but always prevail.” Right after I had that thought, this scripture was playing on my audio bible:
Matthew 25:35-40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
37 “”Then the righteous will answer him, ”Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 “”The King will reply, ”Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
For some reason, I felt like I had to feed this man, so I made extra dinner and brought it out to him with a bottle of water. He was quite thankful. I thanked him for his hard work and came back inside. He worked that entire night again straight through the night and didn’t leave until this am. That man will make it; God will help him. Chills.
Next up, The Christian the devil sent
If you recall, a couple of months ago, there was this Christian church fella that emailed me saying I am doing the devils works blah blah blah. I did not respond to his email because I knew he was not from God.
Well, I opened my email this am to another 20 mile long email from him telling me that he had humbled himself the last time, but this time he was going to be harsher on me. I have no clue who this fellow is, but the things he says are not very Godly.
He was lecturing me about how only priests are allowed to do the works of God and how dare I instruct people. It was ridiculous and meant to stop me from helping people, but emails like that motivate me to help people even more.
I mention this email primarily because there is a rotten egg in Christianity, church, priest, or a pastor; it doesn’t mean that it is God or that God allowed it.
It is people like this man that the devil uses to drive people away from the church and Christianity. People with all the scriptural knowledge but little if no true wisdom from God or accurate insight into the actual scriptures. The devil was planted in the church early on to destroy God’s kingdom. If you don’t see that, look around and notice all the corruption in the church, that is not God.
Even after this man’s threatening email, I will not respond. I will let God handle him. I prayed for him and his soul. Little does he know or realize the devil is using him. Since he seems to be up to date on my writings, I hope he reads this one too. God love and bless his soul.
God truly gave me the strength not to respond to that email. This story’s moral is just because there are devilish people in the church, Christianity, and religion, it does not mean there aren’t good people in those places. You’ll have to use your better judgment and trust your gut. But there are terrific people, priests, pastors, and Christians out there.
I may not be a priest or a pastor or deeply educated on religion or scripture, but God qualifies me, God guides me, and the Holy Spirit flows through me. God educates me every time I read his word.
The next time you want to react to a situation trying to bring you down, let God fight your battle. Give it to God and keep it moving.