Yesterday, I was driving and up ahead I saw someone sitting on the corner or a busy service drive. As I approached the light, it turned red so I stopped. It was a man in his late twenties with a hat pulled down. It was a hot day and being in the sun was even hotter I’m sure. He had a sign asking for food or monies but he never looked up as far as I could tell. So, I started looking through my purse for something to give him. All I had was $5 and as I looked up he was walking towards me with this sadness in his eyes. His appearance wasn’t dirty or messy actually neat and pretty clean, a passerby might judge him to not be in need. However, his words express the gravity of his situation.
I handed him the money and he said, “My God, thank you!”
Now the words were not an usual response but the way he said it pierced my heart. It was like the money gave him hope at a moment where all seemed lost or maybe he started to feel like no one cared. His countenance changed. Maybe his yesterday felt hopeless and today for a moment, he found hope. I’m not sure. All I know is that he didn’t go back an sit down, he stood with his sign and walked a little further as I pulled off. Maybe someone else heard the same thing.
Treat people the way you would like to be treated. Learn to look beyond the appearance and you’ll hear far more then your eyes can see. Love listens and sees beyond the senses.