Yesterday I met a family. It was the most eye-opening experience as a daughter of God and a social worker. A family of five that lives in a real low-income family. The mom was the most sincere and admirable person I could meet. As certain members of my youth group went to visit Daniel, the 16-year-old boy, I realize what God was opening in my eyes. A new perspective that I never had time to experience. Daniel is diagnose with an illness known as hydrocephalus. He was born as a premature baby with other diagnoses through time such as asthma. If you could only hear his mom talking about Daniel, she calls him her “miracle baby” since doctors told her he wouldn’t be able to make it and he just turned 16 in December 6th. As my youth members started to talk more to Daniel and his mom, Minerva, we started to know about their issues and problems.
Our youth members had a purpose for this visit at his house which was all unplanned, literally God was working within this experience, that for sure I know. The purpose was before this visit, some of the youth had gone to an orphanage with other youth members within our denomination to visit these kids and just know them(: It turns out a lady started talking to one of my youth members about Daniel, he needed a wheel chair. Well with time, we found out one of our own youth members had a wheel chair that could donate it to Daniel. As yesterday we approach the family and started knowing about their case and circumstances, our Lord Heavenly Father started working within us. The day before yesterday his mom and Daniel couldn’t’ sleep since their older daughter Cassandra had runaway with her so “boyfriend” and she had a two month old already. Her mom with the worry in her mind, couldn’t sleep since they actually are scared of her daughter and her so call “boyfriend”. That is the reason why Daniel was not in his therapy session because they had stayed asleep for staying up late.
As our visitation progress, some of the youth left with Daniel to ride him in his wheelchair while my sister best friend and I stayed with his mom. Minerva started telling me about all her concerns and how she prayed the night before for God to give her a sign that there is good in this world, that her daughter Cassandra will be coming back soon. If only you could hear her talking about her son and daughter, she has so much faith, faith like a child(; She even told us my university to which I am attending for my bachelors had work a story on her son and daughter. I started talking to her about the field of social work and the services we provide of course she started telling me the type of services she has since her son has the disability of not being able to walk. If you could only know my growing desire of contacting my contacts of my own field. I wanted to get my phone and call the social worker that I know and work some more on her case. She is in desperate for peace and the desire of wanting to know more about God. Her story touched my heart and it reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. My youth members were not only donating but we were being good Samaritans, talking to her about the word of God and letting her know she is now part of a family that will be praying for her. She now has people who will come and visit Daniel, become his brothers and sisters in Christ. This family case just open up my eyes to see things in a new perspective, how can I be not having the time to hear the need of others, the need of wanting to know about God, the need for peace.
In Luke 10:25-37 it mentions the story of the Samaritan and so it goes: “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
We as the creation of our Lord Heavenly Father need to realize that when His son was upon this earth. He walked with the people who were in need, the type of people who had nothing but the love for Him. I felt through this experience the way Jesus would walk, He didn’t care what you were wearing, He didn’t care what type of shoes you had, He didn’t care how much that watch cost you. What He wanted was simple, a purpose of letting others know the path of good, the path that has salvation, that path that will let you know about someone who cares deeply about you and loves you unconditionally. It took me to an 180 degree angle to know what I wear shouldn’t matter. Understanding her true humbleness is the most unusual way of having a characteristic that others might not have.
Galatians 5:22-23 “God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways”
I am blessed to know I have a family who loves in the most unconditional ways and cares the best for me. I am blessed to know that I have a church that cares for me. I am blessed to know that I have a youth group that knows how to work within the need of people. I am blessed to know I can be able to make a difference in this world. It might not be a popular change but it’s a change that starts changing one by one. Letting the people know who God is , what His son did for us and best of all that he is the path of our good. The path of light that will unchained us from the darkness. We are his good soil. (:
I’m asking for the prayer of the family, a family that is in desperate need for peace. Minerva couldn’t stop telling us how much she felt doors opening up to her already, we were regaining her hope that she was starting to lose. She is a daughter of Christ as well who is asking for your prayer.(: