Since we started the outreach we always seen this woman whom we nick named the ‘Angry woman’. She got the name because we were talking to others about God’s love and she happened to overhear us say ‘Jesus’. She actually got angry and said,
“Don’t say that name here. Don’t talk about Jesus.”
She walks up and down George street either cursing at someone or looking angry. As weeks pass, more things about her were revealed.
She is a woman.
She is an addict.
She is a dealer.
She is homeless.
She is angry.
She is a daughter.
She is a mother.
She is a sister.
She is a cousin.
She is a friend.
She is a girlfriend.
She is broken hearted.
She is hurting.
She is lost.
She is GOD’s Child.
As I begin to look at the list of who ‘SHE IS’, I can relate to her in more ways than I thought. In the physical, one could say we are two different people but if you were to look inside our hearts, we had a lot of things in common.
I am a woman, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. I was once broken hearted, hurt, and lost – pacing back and forth in my life trying to find my next ‘hit’ of excitement to deal with my emptiness. I looked for my ‘hit’ in my career, men, parties, fitness, travelling, and alcohol. I always tried to find something that made me happy in the moment but it only filled those moments and not the times in between. This is how I coped with my brokenness and hurt.
I constantly kept myself busy with things that made me happy but there was no escaping alone time. Eventually I had to deal with myself and how much I lacked something. I was looking for my next ‘hit’ to fulfill this emptiness, but I finally realized ONLY GOD could fill it.
I now have joy, hope, and peace. No matter what I am going through, I have hope in His promise. I now praise God for those ‘in between’ moments when I am not busy looking for my next ‘hit’ because I now have ever lasting peace and joy in the Lord.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 NLT
When I first encountered the ‘angry woman’, I thought that I couldn’t reach her for I am so different but God started to show me that I didn’t have to go through the same experiences to relate to people on the street.
We can relate to others more than we think.
Jesus is the greatest example of this for He was sinless yet He was able to reach the sinners. He ate with sinners and showed compassion to people like the Samaritan woman at the well (To read the full story Read John 4:1-26).
When people ask,
“Why do you go out to reach the people on the street?”
I can answer that in so many ways but simply because it is God’s will and call for my life. It is a written will and command for believers of Christ,
“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” – 1 John 2:6 NLT
Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34 NIV
So like Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well, I want to live like He did and love as He commanded.
After months of seeing the ‘angry woman’ and having interactions with her, breaking down her walls, we finally had an opportunity to bring her out for dinner.
The moment she stepped into the car, she started to open up even further telling her life story and her dreams to be a drug addict counsellor, which she never told anyone including her closest friends.
She admitted that she believes Jesus is Lord but she feels far from God when she is living on the street. Though she has the outward appearance of being angry, this was the first time I experienced that she had HOPE. This gave me great joy for she had FAITH as a mustard seed.
“He(Jesus) replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 NIV
I believe nothing is impossible for God and that God can heal her, get her off the streets, break her addictions, and restore her family.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3
I’m just waiting for the day that she walks away from her past life and into the life God has called her.
“”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Please keep her in your prayers.