On Wednesday John & I took our walk to Jumbo, the local grocery store to pick up a few things. That’s the new normal… Walking. So we bought our few things and began our walk home. We have to cross over this bridge when going back and forth to Jumbo. In this little river is always so much garbage and a large armchair that has been there for so long, it now has grass growing from it.
However, as we walked towards the bridge someone was coming up from under the bridge. It turned out to be a young woman. We made eye contact and she asked me a question. But of course I didn’t understand, shook my head and continued to walk. As I passed her, I looked behind me only to see that this young lady was so dirty, her clothes covered in a layer of dust, obviously from laying down under the bridge. Did she live under this bridge? I did nothing. I’m supposed to be a missionary, wasn’t I supposed to do something? I looked at John… My excuse? I can’t open up my purse here in the open on the busy main road. Someone will see the money I take out.
As I continued to walk, I couldn’t stop thinking about her. How could I have helped her? What should I have done? Questions that I felt needed an answer.
But my God is so gracious… He saw my heart. So what did HE do? He gave me another opportunity soon after we got home. The doorbell rang. Standing at our door was an older woman… Also very dirty, wearing a torn dress. My heart sank. She spoke so very quickly but I was able to ask her to slow down and ask her what she wanted. Her answer? “Una galletalita” a small cookie. I asked her to wait. We keep extra beans and rice in our home for such occasions. I filled some sandwich bags, added a small package of cookies and brought them to her. I asked her if she had a way to cook. Thankfully she did. I wanted to bless her but in return she responded with “Dios le bendiga” meaning “God bless you.”
I really think this was God’s way of reminding me why we are here.. It’s so much more than language learning. I was reminded of the verse in Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink….”