The snow shovels are still leaning against the walls near the front and back doors of the Mission, but we are hoping they won’t be necessary again this year. The residents are ready to leave their winter coats indoors, and our Attic Window stores are hanging sundresses on their mannequins.
“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) Although the cold and ice are not forcing men to seek shelter indoors anymore, warmer weather does not break the continual flow of them coming in for other reasons. We see the truth of this Proverb in their lives as they look for a new start or just need a bed in the midst of their wanderings. They may think they are here for a night or a week, but God has directed their steps with something else in mind. They hear Him inviting them in the first chapel service they attend, they see His love in action through the other residents, staff and volunteers, and they find His place of healing and help.
We see the Lord’s plans when families filling their bags from the food cart come “just” for that. He has appointments for them with other families and with employees who listen to their stories and share their experiences of His provision, strength and comfort.
Our neighbors come in “just” to eat lunch with us and find that their souls are filled with the Word of God, exhorting, building up and bringing them together. They are given respect and care by the residents, staff and volunteers serving them.
The shoppers in the Attic Window stores “just” here to buy spring jackets find warm hugs and words of encouragement from the personnel and volunteers bagging up their purchases.
Are you hearing a theme? Residents, volunteers, employees, and clients, all planning their ways and used in God’s purposes for their communities. Thank Him with us for the privilege of walking in His paths and seeing Him work in lives that need the good gifts that come down “from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow” (James 1:17, ESV).