Daddy: Orion, I love you! Do you love me?
Daddy: Orion, Say “I love daddy.”
Liz became a believer when she was living in the park. Tammy and her church approached her and told her about God. They prophetically asked Liz if she knew someone name James, she denied it to these crazy Christians several times. Everyone continued on their merry way until someone from her church crosses by her near the public bathroom and hears her call her Husband’s name, “James!”. They talk to her again and convince her God had told them to find her. She has been going to church since. God takes care of His children.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Jesus
But that’s not the lesson. The lesson is about who and how.
Tammy and Aimee and her church. Who helped introduce her to the family of Christ. Who bought her the Greyhound tickets. Who got her connected to Kim & Ruth and The Le’s. Then handed off the responsibility to Kim & Ruth.
Kim & Ruth. Who never wakes up before noon on a Saturday to drive her from downtown to El Cajon at 9am. Only to find out it was only three blocks from the Skyline church, where they had planned to go to anyway for a conference. Who handed off the responsibility to The Le’s.
The Le’s. Who are relatively filthy rich. Who drove her around and housed and fed her for the weekend. Who will now hand off the responsibility back to the church.
How God never required anyone to do more than they were capable. How He found the perfect people in the right situation to take over when the last was done. How He orchestrated the events. How he provided. How he blesses everyone in the path. How he loved.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ep 4:11-13
This weekend, we had an ex-homeless person stay with us. Her name is Liz.
We got in contact with her through a friend’s sister, Tammy.
Liz has four kids. Two living with her in Long Beach, two in foster care system and haven’t seen her for five years. DJ is 13 and Eza is 11. They were both kidnapped by her ex boyfriend in 2008 and never heard from again. Until he was arrested this past Dec. They called her and told her they found her kids.
This weekend, she was allowed to bring them home. A home that she moved into a few months ago, after being homeless and living in a park.
Currently unemployed, and scraping by on $825/month from welfare. Her current husband makes $2.50/room cleaning rooms at motel.
She came to San Diego with no money on the Greyhound. The round-trip $31 tickets where purchased for her by Tammy’s churchmates. Eza is El Cajon, and DJ is in Clairemont.
She had no plausible plan.
Unbeknownst to us, Tammy’s close friend, Aimee, called Kim and asked her if she can give Liz a ride from the Greyhound station in downtown to El Cajon. A good 30-miles. Kim and Ruth cautiously agreed. They were going to head that direction anyway to go a conference at Skyline Church, which happens to be a few blocks away from where Liz could meet Eza. The girls drop off Liz, wishes her luck, and gives her $20 for the rest of her trip.
Tammy posted a FB post asking if any one in SD can house her for the weekend.
Monica responds and agrees. Calls me and tells me about her and ask if I can pick her up from El Cajon and bring her home. I go and play badminton 😀 Then I drive to pay for some birdies. Monica texts me and gives me the address to her whereabouts. My phone has no data, it just broke this week to spite me. I had to ask the badminton store owner to print out directions. I glanced at it and went my own way.
I pick up Liz at a nearby Jack in the Box and drive her home.
We have dinner, then I took her to Best Buy with me to try to buy a new phone. Didn’t get one.
Took her to Target to buy her some supplies and ended up buying her kids some clothes.
DJ, a new pair of shoes, he has never had a brand new pair in his life. Eza got some girly make up stuff and and sweater. Liz offered me some money that she had left over from the $20 Kim gave her.
We come home and talk a bit more and go to sleep.
I drop her off in El Cajon again. This time she gets to see both DJ and Eza, because the social workers drove DJ there. They even offered to the kids home to Long Beach.
I bought her breakfast at that Jack in the Box and gave her a $20.
She ended up having to use that for a trolley ride to El Cajon and transferring her Greyhound ticket to an earlier bus.
She texted me Monday saying she was safe in Long Beach.
I forgot to charge my phone last night, and it ran out of power.
Charged phone and took Orion to school, came back home to get ready for work.
Yellow gas light came on. Got home with 40 mins to get ready.
Had a meeting with new client and needed to print some stuff out that was emailed to me.
Internet didn’t work.
Had to wait til my phone juiced up enough to start tethering.
Had breakfast, showered, got dressed.
Connected to internet with phone and printed out the needed documents.
Started car and drove off 10 minutes late.
Checked to see how many miles are left to empty; 47.
Thought I can make it to meeting and work and then refuel after work.
After about 20 miles of driving, checked again; 0 miles to empty!
Pulled to the next gas station… 5 miles away.
Got out to pump gas and realized I left my wallet at home.
Found $1.66 worth of change.
Paid and pumped gas. I shook the hose to get the last few drops.
Got to work and had to borrow boss’ money for lunch and gas to make it home.
6.5 billion people would still trade places with me.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians5:18