This was the bridge last night when we got there to set up the Homeless Outreach Ministry. Now that the clocks are set back, it's dark much sooner. A beautiful thing happened at the end of this bridge tonight. But this story started this morning at 7:00 am. I received a text from a friend of mine, the director of Red Cross. She wanted to know if I knew of a certain person that needed a coat and what size. I told her about Mike and the size was XXL.
I will let her tell the rest in her own words. . .
"I can't even put into words what an amazing heart my three year old has...he decided yesterday he was going to give a coat to a person who didn't have a home...he reminded me of this, this morning...so I sent a text and soon knew of a need and what size coat we needed to buy...I picked Justin up from daycare so we could go shopping...he told me the the coat HAD to be green...we stopped by the office and were there a little longer than intended and a volunteer stopped by...I told Justin to tell him what he was doing...the volunteer said he had coats in his car he was taking to donate and asked what size we needed...I told him and off he and Justin went...minutes later Justin was dragging a xxl GREEN coat down the hall...we added a stocking cap and some new gloves...at 5:00 we went down to the bridge and Justin gave the coat to his new friend...he was shy at first but they quickly became best of friends...Justin didn't want to leave...he followed his new friend around, they played, they talked and Justin gave him the biggest hug ever when we left! It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! If we could all see the world through the eyes of a three year old, this world would be a much sweeter place! Our motto today is God is sooooo big! What a beautiful day!"
First of all, I'm thinking what a precious little boy! At age three, he is thinking of a homeless person and wanting to give what he thinks they need, which he was right. He wanted a specific color and hours later, God, being a God of details, brings the little guy the coat, the right size, and the right color. Justin wanted to give the coat to our friend at the bridge, so his momma brought him.
Mike had been feeling low that morning and wasn't going to show up, but his friend talked him into coming. Justin handed the coat to Mike. . .
Mike shook Justin's hand. .
We could all see how touched Mike was not just with the coat, which fit him perfectly by the way, but by little Justin. We were all touched!
I began to see Mike smile. Justin had to run back to his momma and act shy for just about. . .two seconds. . .
and then he and Mike became buddies. It was a beautiful sight!
A little boy with a great big heart I think, melted just maybe a little bit, or maybe just a lot, the heart of a giant and many others around.
Justin hung around Mike the whole evening, running around him, talking with him, they sat next to each other while Justin enjoyed some taco soup.
You know those words. . ."and a little child shall lead them"?
Yeah, look at the text Justin's mother sent me later that night after we were all home. . .
"As soon as we pulled onto the road, Justin said he wanted to get another coat tomorrow. I told him there were other needs and he wanted me to text you right away. He even prayed for Mike to get a place to live. First time he's prayed other than blessing meals. It was so beautiful!
Many adults could learn from Justin. . . could be led by his little, great big heart.
A gift on the bridge. . .was it the coat. . .was it a new friendship. . .was it unconditional love, was it the beauty of a child leading the way?
"If we could all see the world through the eyes of a three year old, this world would be a much sweeter place"
You rock Justin!
Come back soon :)
Good night bridge. . .I wonder what things it holds for us all next week?