20 Dec Keep going…
Yesterday was a truly an incredible day! I was invited to sing at a Memorial Service hosted by LA Family Housing. Every year, they remember homeless individuals who passed away. Last night, I heard stories about wonderful people who you may have seen on the streets of Los Angeles. One Man told the story about when he was talking to another homeless friend on a street bench. She asked him to sit with her and chat for a while longer. He decided to keep moving to wherever he was going. She was struck by a car later that day. His tribute broke my heart, as he said, he carries the burden of “what if I would have stayed to chat a while longer?”. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
It’s ironic to be the guest vocalist at this event, because as I stood there singing to a crowd of people without their own home, I realized it is but for God’s DAILY grace, that I even have a roof over my own head. Seriously. I have taken so many risks and made so many sacrifices in faith, and God has constantly had my back. Why me? I don’t know, but I thank Him! I do know I have had to learn to not hold onto anything more tightly than Him.
After the ceremony, I stopped by the restaurant, and then left to go watch the CAVS on TV around the corner. When I arrived, a mac-O-licious customer came up behind me and surprised me with a big hug. She asked me to come sit at her table, and I gladly obliged.
Within 3 minutes of saying “Hello”, she took out a roll of $20 bills and said, “I want to make a donation, and also the next time you feed the homeless I want to help.”
Wha Wha What??? How did you know??? No you don’t have to do that!!!
She stuck it in my purse.
“Well, okay then. Can I get your contact information so I can send you a tax deductible receipt?”
Then she asked if she could buy 20 mac-O-licious Gift Cards. I said “Sure!” She said, “OK, run it on your phone right now. Put it on my credit card RIGHT NOW.”
I have been so tired. Tired from being up every morning at 3 AM, thinking (that seems to be my creative time period). One morning at 2 AM, I got up, grabbed my PC and brought it back to bed with me hoping to finish re-writing my business plan. Thursday night, I went to see a play and fell asleep within 15 minutes. I went to the car at intermission and slept until my friend joined me after the show.
Suffice it to say, last night after running around, singing, and then running into a customer, it was almost as if God said, “I see you Kelly.”
I believe He is all seeing and all knowing. And there has never been a time when He has left me. Regardless of whatever the challenge is, He always intervenes in the nick of time. I will keep trusting Him every day, and I am in awe of His GREAT Faithfulness!
So, I share my experience hopefully to encourage somebody to KEEP GOING.
Keep the faith.
Keep following your dreams.
God has Angels all around you.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt 6:25 – 33)