On Monday, September 19th, I took a long walk on the beach to just “think”. We were on vacation at Murrel’s Inlet, SC. This was days before our vacation tragedy.
I was working out a few events in my life and trying to make sense of senseless things. The only thing that comes of that is frustration and a few tears. So I sent a haggard prayer up to God and asked once again, “Lord, teach me your lessons today so that I might walk through this valley and be wiser on the other side” and just kept walking.
I saw in front of me many birds feasting on the ocean’s leftovers that the tide had deposited on the beach. I figured if the birds found somthing good surely there would be something of interest to me. So I walked right into the flock of seagulls feeding on smallish creatures left behind by the tide. I walked through the shells, seaweed, and bird droppings and found a stone crab whose shell was as big as my fist. Thinking it was dead I nudged it with my toe.
The crab was not dead. It was about ten feet from the water and just sitting there. Why wasn’t it fleeing to the safety of the water? Each time I nudged it with my toe it moved. This crab appeared to have just given up on life.
So what should I do when I discover something that appears to have given up on life? I could walk away and know that this crab would eventually become food for birds. That was probably the most merciful choice since the creature obviously wanted it’s misery to end.
But what if that crab and I had crossed paths for a reason? How many others had passed this crab before me and simply didn’t care? Maybe they didn’t recognize there was still life within the shell. The reality was, at that moment in time this crab was in my path and I had a choice. I could walk away and know it would probably perish and it’s misery would end today, OR I could pick it up and throw it back into the life giving water with hopes it would live to see another day.
I threw it back.
Life is precious, one of the truest gifts from God. It should never be negated or belittled or left to perish. A life that perishes before it’s intended time has not been fully lived.
I choose life, not only for myself, but for all who cross my path. I’ll let God decide when to let His creations perish.
And then God spoke very clearly to my heart.
Each and every meal we (Forever Fed) serve in His name is like living water for a hopeless person. This crab represented the many hopeless individuals who have been kicked to the curb time and time again. Many of the guests we serve are on the brink of giving up, some already have. But when Forever Fed volunteers show up with food, fellowship, and love we celebrate life. We are the light of Christ and the Living Water.
Here’s the thing…to cross paths with hopeless individuals, you have to go to their turf. You may have to walk through some unpleasant things to reach those in need. They don’t come to your home or your work place or your Church. They live in the streets and under bridges, sometimes they live in apartments where several families live in one dwelling with no utililites. They live in poverty.
The love of Christ–is Intentional.
Forever Fed, A Mobile Food Ministry.