I Wish You Had Been With Me
Once in a while, I’m given the chance to witness something that causes me to focus more on what’s going on in this world of ours. Such an event took place last week. I wish you had been with me. I was driving along one of our well traveled streets and came upon a space where drivers could pull off the road, several at a time. I could see a police car and three other vehicles. Slowing down, I glanced in my rear view mirror and discovered there was no traffic behind me for at least a mile. Strangely there was no traffic coming my way in the opposite direction. The police car’s emergency lights weren’t flashing so there didn’t appear to be anything wrong. There were large signs on the other vehicles. As I got closer I could see the words, “free food”. A few folks were there holding plastic bags with items in them. Easing past I noticed an older road that ran from just past the free food vehicles to a tired appearing trailer park about 100-yards away. Halfway down the road, a woman with a couple of plastic sacks was walking toward the mobile homes. Next to her a young girl. Three maybe four years old. Of course I didn’t know any details but it appeared a serious need had been temporally met in their fight to survive. I was immediately reminded of the high number of hungry people in our area. Some would blame the hungry for their plight, which is silly. I couldn’t help but wonder about the young one. Why do the children always have to suffer in times of need? I can’t answer that but I can tell you there was a spirit over that area. It was a spirit of giving, no questions asked, no blame. A need and a temporary solution. You see there are people in this world of ours who make it their mission to help those who have less. Not just a few times but year round. If you’re one of those folks, God love you. I’ve seen the results of your calling. As for the rest of you, I wish you had been with me the other day, you would have seen it too. We can’t fix all the problems out there but we can help.
I’m Sam Jones, and that’s my perspective.