Today is Easter Sunday, and we have so much to be thankful about. Number one on the list is, He is alive and so are you. Because He has risen from the grave, we now have a chance at eternal life. I look at my own children, and wonder at the sacrifice that was made for us. How God gave his son, so that we can live. How humbling is that? There is no way we could ever be worthy of the amazing grace that our Lord has bestowed upon us.
I wanted to tell you a little story that happened when we were in Tennessee last week. We had finished setting up for the fashion show and had decided to do a little shopping in the next town over. My mother was in bad need of some clothing, and you have to drag her to go shopping. So, we kidnapped her, and off we went. She came back with a huge haul, and everything fit. Woot woot!
Anyway, mom had left her car back at the church, where the show would take place, so we were on our way back to the car. I was talking to a couple of my friends, and my mom looked up and said, “Is this the exit?” In my mind, I heard her, but the words didn’t quite register because I was talking. All of a sudden the words, “this exit” penetrated my mind.
I quickly swerved off the highway, and my mother said, “why are you getting off here, this is the wrong one?” Okay, no problem, we will just jet across the road and get back on the highway and get off on the next exit. When we got to the bottom of the exit ramp, we had to stop because there was another car in front of us trying to turn.
I looked over and there was this young man, probably in his 20’s, sitting under the stop sign. He was opening up a McDonald’s bag and was starting to eat. When I say eat, it was more like woofing it down. It was like watching an animal that had not eaten in days, how they eat without chewing.
I started digging in my purse, and the others asked what I was doing. They had not seen the boy. When I told them, then everyone was coming up with money. We rolled down the windows, and called him over to the car, and then handed him the money. He was extremely happy. All he could keep saying was, “Bless You, Bless You.”
I am not telling you this story to make you think I am generous or a good person, in fact, I have become callus when it comes to seeing people at the bottom of ramps or at corners, with their little signs. I have heard so many horror stories about how they make good money off people and are just taking us suckers for a ride. But this young man had no sign, he wasn’t asking for anything.
I told the others, as we started back on our way, that we did not get off on that exit by mistake. The Lord directed us that way!!! I firmly believe he made this happen for a reason. This was his amazing grace, not only to the young man who was so obviously in need but to us who have become insensitive to the plight of others.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter, spent with loved ones.