North Australian Conference
During the course of our conversation, to my surprise Elizabeth’s eyes just watered up with tears and the tears flowed freely. I reached out and held her hand. After some moments, Elizabeth explained to me that she was stressed and anxious.
Her daughter with her career had gone up north for a short visit and Elizabeth became confused and medicated herself incorrectly and had to be rushed to the hospital three days prior to my visit. She had no food in the home and was worried where her next meal would come from. She had to wait until Wednesday (2 days) for her pension payment.
I suggested some options available to those who happen to find themselves in that situation. But, because it was late in the day there was nothing much she could do. I then offered to buy some groceries for her.
Wow, it was like God just changed her expression completely. Her smile was worth everything!
Knowing she was a sincere Christian, I asked if we could pray about her situation. As I prayed, I could keenly sense that God was confirming my decision. He impressed me with the verse quoted that morning in our Sabbath School Lesson
James 2: 15-17. “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Elizabeth said in her soft voice; “I feel so light.” Happy, I continued the canvass with Elizabeth, very relaxed. She was overjoyed to place an order for herself and her grandchildren. I left for the supermarket to purchase groceries to keep her going until Wednesday. I returned to find her waiting patiently and full of gratitude! I felt good!