Guideposts – February 4, 2016

And the Word was made flesh…full of grace and truth. —John 1:14 (kjv)

I was walking to my car when I saw a man coming toward me. Oh no, not again, I thought. It was obvious that he was homeless, hadn’t had a bath in a while, and didn’t plan to buy food with whatever money he might ask of me.

A day earlier, I’d had a similar encounter as I walked down this same street with a friend. “These guys spend all their time begging,” he had said. “I don’t support that sort of behavior. If you give him money, he’ll just get drunk.”

Now this man was approaching me. “Do you have any money to spare, sir? I’m awfully hungry.”

I stopped dead-still. A story my dad had shared with me played across my mind. It was by a nineteenth-century theologian who told of his childhood. When walking with his father, they came upon a blind man begging for money. His father pressed a bill into his son’s hand and told him to put it in the man’s cup. He did as he was told and returned to his father. “You didn’t tip your hat to the man,” the father said. The son answered, “But, Dad, he’s blind.” To which the father replied, “Yes, but what if he’s faking?”

“This, Brock, is a story of grace,” my dad said.

I smiled at the man who stood before me. I slipped some money into his hand. “God bless you,” he said.

I’m sure I saw God’s love filling his eyes, and that set me to wondering about grace. Was it mine to give—or his?

Dear Lord, thank You for the lessons that You bless us with from the most unlikely people and places.
—Brock Kidd

Digging Deeper: Numbers 6:25, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Peter 5:5

 

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