It’s really rough…
The past few weeks have been really stressful. I have never had an ulcer before, but I think I felt something like an ulcer last week. My passion is to go on the bus and be an encouragement and pray for those who are having a bad week, month, year, years, or life. This last Saturday was the first time in the past few weeks I was able to go on the outreach, but honestly I didn’t feel like I had much to offer. I was drained. I didn’t know if I had the strength to dish out hugs and be an encouragement to my friends in South Dallas. I needed hugs more than people on the street.
Pray for me?
I got to talk to Brother Al on Saturday. He stays at a dangerous car wash on Martin Luther King blvd. He is a believer in Christ, in a lot of pain physically and spiritually. He was sitting on a five gallon bucket up against one of the walls. After I got on my knees beside him and talked to him for a while, I asked if he would like for me to pray with him about anything in particular. He said he had prayed that morning, and that he was actually in good shape and didn’t need any prayers. I told him I actually was having a pretty stressful week, and I asked him if he would pray for me. He looked at me in a questioning look and said he’d love to.
Used by God
What came out of this homeless person’s mouth was one of the sweetest prayers I have ever heard. After the prayer was done, and he said “Amen”, I noticed Brother Al had tears running down his face. I wasn’t used to seeing this from him because of how callused he had to become to get through the tough years in his life. I asked if he was okay, and he said he was so honored to be asked to by me to pray for me. He said it felt good to be used by God again.
Just when I thought I couldn’t be used to encourage someone because I didn’t have the strength, not only did God heal me that day, but He also healed a spot in my friend’s heart that had needed healing for a long time. God is so good!