A Sad World We Live In
Earlier I sought to pick up an item my wife ordered online on Craigslist. Of course, nether of us ever met personally the man she talked with by phone. All we knew was it was an older man who moved to the Low Country from Minnesota. He sounded totally harmless for sure. So coming upon the residence I had no major concerns.
After reaching his apartment parking lot the gentleman came out to my car. I knew he was supposed to put the item into my car due to my back issues. To my surprise he said, “Come on and follow me inside. I would love for you to meet my wife who has been battling Parkinson’s for over 7 years.” My heart couldn’t tell him no so I followed him to his apartment and then inside.
We had just walked through the living room towards the bedroom when suddenly my heart started racing. Red flags starting popping up and I just had to turn around. I said, “I’m sorry sir, but I don’t feel comfortable walking any further so I’ll just wait outside.” He seemed stunned by my response and I totally hated to not provide him and his wife with some much needed ministry of presence.
This 81 year old man did eventually come out to the car with the item my wife purchased. I said, “Sir, I would’ve loved to visit your wife, but I’ve just seen too much over time. I’m sure you are a stand up guy, but you just never know who you can trust in this day and time.” He said, “Oh I know it’s getting worse everyday.”
I could tell he was so overwhelmed as a caregiver and so lonely. I asked him could I pray with him and we bowed our heads right there in the parking lot. Afterwards I told him we certainly can’t put our faith in this world. Every time you turn around there is trouble at your door. We both agreed that we all need to look to Jesus if we ever want peace in the midst of such chaos. We then said our goodbyes and I wished him and his wife a very Merry Christmas.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”