Such a Tragic Story


God sent me to a town way up in the northeast portion of America one day that I knew was known for being in the thick of a horrific drug epidemic, but what I witnessed in the only about 30 minutes or so I spent there blew me totally away. You may think I was upset and unthankful God sent me there. But I could not be more thankful to God for sending me there and for what He did through me that day. Sometimes the hardest things God calls us to do, see, hear, watch, experience, etc. are the most incredible opportunities to love, grow, serve, be tested, be purified, give, sacrifice, etc. – and to BE THANKFUL!

The Lord led me to a park with a relatively large number of homeless people all exceedingly high on the same drug. I have been around countless people on drugs in my ministry work and even some who are overdosing and worked with numerous people who are homeless over the years, but this was beyond extreme. There were bodies fallen to the ground, one man appearing to be overdosing, bodies on bodies, other bodies still walking but their limbs entangled, people slumped over, some passed out, and a look of darkness, death, and depravity beyond anything I had ever seen in that many all at once.

One man told me a man had been stabbed nearby and they had found the knife still in him. Another man told me he had stabbed someone but avoided jail. The people, even those awake, looked lightless and lifeless. They looked like zombies not humans.

God gave me the courage to go up to them, and by His love, power, grace, and mercy, I was shocked to find almost all still awake took my Finding the Light tracts I offered them which include my personal story and the Gospel message. I was also able to leave tracts by the bodies of those who were unresponsive. I left deeply moved and crying out to God to save them for eternity. I am so, so, so immeasurably thankful to God for entrusting me with loving and giving tracts to and praying for a group of people He created the world has likely given up on. Oh, how I thank God for this!

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 KJV

Day #98 of my Big Thanksgiving Challenge. Excerpted from my 100 Days of Thanksgiving Devotional-Journal which you can order when you CLICK HERE.

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