Love INC Southwest has a client named Dana who is a disabled vet, and who, based on past experiences, happens to have a negative view of the Church. I talked with him recently and was able to share how I had a bad view of the Church myself at one time too, but that God showed me that I was being judgmental. I told Dana I believe that if we view the whole Church as “bad” because of some people or experiences, we can miss out on all the ways God wants to use the Church to bless us.
Dana seemed to really respect that viewpoint, and we prayed together.
One of the things he asked for was someone to shovel his drive when it snows. Yesterday (Feb 1…blizzard day…Superbowl Sunday!) he was been on my mind all day. I posted Dana’s need on my Facebook page and one of our other clients offered her kids as shovelers, but Dana lives to far for them to walk. Then one of our partner church pastors commented that he shared the post with some people.
I called Dana and he said no one had shown up to help him with his driveway. I told him that I was trying to find some people for him. He said that he understood people are busy with their own shoveling. This was very different from our previous talk. Yesterday on the phone, he seemed more understanding and I thought he would be able to accept it if people didn’t come through to shovel. He didn’t sound as negative as he had before.
I shared a little about Dana’s view of the Church on my post on FB. I also commented that Dana offered his life for us through his military service, and yet I couldn’t even find a couple people to go shovel his driveway. I also pointed out that it shouldn’t matter if he was a vet because it’s supposed to be unconditional love that we offer. (I usually tell it like I see it.)
I was about to get ready to go over to Dana’s myself when Heath, one of our Board Members messaged me that he could go over there with his son and some other people, with a snowblower. I had been praying on and off for hours that God would get some people over there to touch this vet’s heart.
I could only imagine what Dana would feel when people showed up to do his driveway! I prayed that seeds would be planted and witnessing would be done.
A little later, Dana called me and sounded like he was on the verge of tears. He said there was a wonderful man and a boy from Love INC in his driveway “pushing” his snow. He wanted to thank us and said he is impressed (:
Heath and his son Josiah had shown up with a snowblower and a shovel. Here’s how Heath described it in his own FB post:
This boy proved himself a man tonight! While I used the snowblower, Josiah shoveled for 2 1/2 hours straight, without complaint, for nothing. Just to help out a wheelchair bound man. Thank you Tabitha and Love INC Southwest Lake County for the opportunity to serve someone tonight. We got the long driveway, sidewalk, deck and wheelchair ramp blown, shoveled and salted.
I think we have our next Love story, about a man and his son who went to shovel snow during the Super Bowl (: