Why Me?

Parking lotHave you ever found yourself in a situation that made you wonder, “Why me?”

It comes in the most unexpected ways and generally something you’re unprepared for.

Mine happened in the parking lot of a local mall. My shopping trip had all the makings for a fun morning. Things took a turn when I parked my car.

Before I could even exit the vehicle a man approached me. For safety sake I lowered my window only far enough for him to speak to me. He was asking for money.

So I think, why me?

The parking lot was teeming with vehicles and people were all around going to and from their cars and stores. Why did he come to me? He could have approached any number of other people.

He explained that his car was parked across the street at a service station. He wanted to get fuel and go to someone that needed his help. I’m guessing that I know what you’re thinking. I was suspicious too.

How could I know if he was telling the truth? Maybe the money would be used for alcohol or drugs. Heck, a person cannot be too careful in this day and age.

Except this took place years ago. Deception is as old as time itself.

I gave him $10. That wouldn’t do much, but it was better than heartlessly turning him away. The man was grateful and offered to repay me if I would give him my address. “No that won’t be necessary.”

I could have stayed and watched to see if he hit upon any other people. At the time I didn’t think of that, maybe some things we just don’t need to know.

But that is not all I did for him. Unbeknownst to him, as he was walking away, I said a prayer for him. After all he might truly have been in need. A little bit of prayer never hurt anyone.

The wonderment of the experience was that I had a little extra cash. That doesn’t happen often. I was still able to do my shopping, and I felt even better because I had been gifted with an opportunity to help someone.

I hadn’t asked for that opportunity. It just walked up to my car and presented itself to me. It occurred to me that out of all those other shoppers milling around, I might have been the only one to have prayed for the man.

That gives me food for thought. It prompts me to rethink my interruptions that interfere with my plan of the day. It’s a divine appointment in Jesus’ plan for my day.

 

4 thoughts on “Why Me?

  1. Thank you for this perspective on what is a somewhat common occurrence. Your prayer for him meant more than the money. I’m glad you are my friend!

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  2. I struggle with that too. “Why me?”. wow.

    I have done what you did, and I agree, but now adays, I tend to be more “aggressive”. If what happened to you happened to me this afternoon, I would, if I had time, say, “I will go over to the station and put money on your pump. Which pump are you at?” I’ve had people several times approach me at a service station and done that. Don’t always have time though.

    I met a guy on Christmas eve asking for money for food outside a CVS on 45th and Troost. Scared me. I asked what type of food he wanted and went in and bought it with what I needed and gave it to him when I went out.

    The money going to alcohol can be unsettling too, but you illustrate a great point: You gave it “to God” in giving it to this person, and let Him worry about where it went. Very cool. Thanks again for sharing.

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