Weekend Inspiration

Chaplain’s Message

I wonder if you would take a moment to answer this question. And I know you have a moment because you’re reading this message.

What has been the highlight of your week just gone, or one good thing that happened to you?

Generally, when I ask that question, there is quite a pause to think of something. Isn’t that sad? So, I challenged myself to reflect on the highlight, or that good thing, every day. I issue the same challenge to you.

There are good things every day, and I’d like to share with you something special that happened to me that I learned important lessons from, and experienced God’s provision.

I was waiting to cross at a set of lights, when a homeless man (we’ll call him Jack) approached from the side and stood in front of the man next to me who withdrew somewhat as if he may catch something. The homeless man was carrying his worldly possessions on his back, was slightly stooped and filthy. I couldn’t see his face because of his lengthy unwashed hair. As we began walking, I said to him “G’day mate, how are you doing?” he responded to me with the biggest smile, baring his rotten teeth, and replied with a bright, cheery voice; “Good thanks mate, but it was a bit cold last night”. I asked him if he would like something to eat. “No thanks, I’m just going to get a cup of coffee”. I told him to come with me and I would buy him one.

While he was making his cuppa, a man in the line-up asked me if I was taking donations for The Salvation army. I told him I was happy to receive his donation of $5.

Jack had his coffee, and I checked again, whether he wanted anything to eat. He didn’t, so I turned to pay for his coffee and realized I didn’t have my wallet with me. OH NO! then I instantly remembered the $5 a man gave me seconds beforehand (Thank You Lord). I could have been in real trouble if he wanted something to eat as well.

I went to the counter and told the man that I wanted to pay for Jack’s $3 coffee. The shopkeeper looked at Jack and said to me “Don’t worry about it mate, it’s all good.”. I shook his hand and thanked him for his kindness. I turned to leave, and the customer before me handed me a large Mars bar to give to Jack as well. I pray that made Jack’s day.

That was the highlight of my week, because I met an amazing man, who for all the reasons in the world, should have been miserable, angry, and grumpy, but wasn’t. I learned a huge lesson that day to be thankful for everything I have, and to always be joyful.

God’s provision: I ask God every day to go before me and plan my steps for that day. He planned for me to meet Jack that day, at that time and at that spot. He knew that I had forgotten my wallet and that I would need money if I was to pay for Jack’s coffee. He worked in the heart of the Shopkeeper, and the man who gave Jack a Mars bar.

I was the one who was blessed that day, along with those who helped Jack I believe. He lifted my spirits and made my day.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

“Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Heavenly Father, thank You that You love and care for us. Help us to trust You with our everyday and be thankful and joyful in all situations. Help us to draw near to You and bless us I pray.

Chaplin Ron

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