I picked my grandson up from school and sweet-talked him into going to the grocery store with me, just a quick trip, I promised. True to my word I got the three items I needed and then followed a divine aroma to the deli to get four of those delicious smelling chicken tenders and a diet Pepsi. Walking toward the checkout area I saw a strange sight, it was a young man that had two full sized blankets folded under a backpack. The blankets were standing above his head and dragging the floor but they were tightly secured with that backpack. He had a hat pulled over his hair and almost down to his eyes. I watched him walk around just looking and wondered what he was going to choose, but as I was checking out I noticed that he walked past the checkout counter and out the door. I asked the cashier to give me cash but the transaction was already completed and she couldn’t let me get cash without buying something else. I left my cart and my grandson and followed the young man out the door. “Sir, SIR”, he finally turned around, “are you homeless?” I know, obviously he was but I didn’t know how to approach him, “yes I am” he said as he only half turned toward me. “I saw you looking around but you didn’t buy anything, do you need money? Can I buy you some food?” He looked at me then and said, “I was looking for cheap candy, I can buy it at the dollar store.” “Go in the store with me and I will buy you anything you need.” At that point he turned to walk away so I said, “Tell me your name, I want to pray for you.” “I don’t feel comfortable telling people my name.” My parting word to him was, “I’ll pray for you, God knows who you are.”
I walked back into the store, retrieved my cart and my grandson and left just stunned that anyone would walk away from a blessing. He was carrying his whole world on his back and I offered him food and prayer and he didn’t accept either.
As I thought about it I wondered how many times we walk away from blessings that we don’t recognize or have too much pride to accept. Salvation and all the benefits that being the child of God brings are ours for free, why walk away from the blessings He is offering to go and find cheap candy?