Lord, I Need Something Today
By Susan Dollyhigh –
I prayed myself out of bed that morning. It seemed I’d existed on prayer for the past two years. A broken foot only forecasted the brokenness that was to follow. Broken marriage. Broken business. Broken finances. Broken me.
“I’m trying to hold on, Lord,” I prayed as I pulled on an old pair of jeans, “but I need You to give me something today.” I couldn’t believe I’d just prayed such a selfish prayer.
“I’m sorry, Lord. You have been my Sustainer. It’s just that I’m so weary, so worn out…”
I had an errand to run, so I drove downtown. As I parked my car, I saw Scottie walking towards me in typical fashion; head down, plaid, wool jacket hanging askew over slumped shoulders and worn-out tennis shoes shuffling under the tattered hem of brown polyester pants.
I stepped out of my car. “Hello, Scottie.”
“Got some money so I can get me some lunch?” Scottie mumbled.
“Where would you like to eat today?”
“Barney’s,” Scottie replied.
“Well, come on, we’ll go to Barney’s.” I slowed my pace to match Scottie’s as we walked the short distance to the sandwich shop.
I pulled the glass door open for Scottie to walk in. Scottie sat down at a table, removed the napkin wrapped around the silverware, gave it a shake and tucked it into the front of his wrinkled shirt.
I walked over to the waitress, “I’m buying Scottie’s lunch today.”
People in our town take care of Scottie, and I could tell the waitress had done this routine before.
“What can I get for you today, Scottie?” the waitress asked.
“Cheeseburger, French fries, and pop.”
The waitress walked back over to me. “He ordered his usual, it’s $5.00.”
I pulled a bill from my wallet, gave it to the waitress, and turned to leave. When I walked by Scottie, he stuck out his gnarly hand and took mine. “Thank you,” he said.
I squeezed his hand in return. “You are welcome, Scottie. God bless you.”
Tears filled my eyes, yet I felt my heart swell. Isn’t it just like our Father to bless us by allowing us to be a blessing to someone else?
I walked to my car with my heart full of praise and thanked God saying, I asked you to give me something today. I didn’t know what I needed or even what I was asking for, but You knew just what I needed and sent Scottie to bless my heart.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for Your great love and compassions. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord unto me.
BIBLE VERSE: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV).