Looking through the eyes of love…
So a couple of weeks ago I was traveling up to see Olly Murs at the O2 and I was meeting my friend at Paddington station. Basically my 60/60 beeper went off (for those that are reading my blog and don’t know what 60/60is I’m going to make a page about it soon :))
And I asked God to fill in the time and if he wanted me to talk to someone then bring them to me as I knew I had to wait for a while for my friend who was going to be late.
Sure enough God answered and when I was sitting on the benches a man came over and sat next to me.
“Excuse me lady, I don’t mean to be rude but do you have a pound to spare so I get to the hostel tonight?”
My instinct reaction was to judge and ignore him and pretend that I didn’t hear him through my head phones. I fought againist the instinct and gave him a big smile. “Oh I’m not sure if i do as I’m a student and haven’t got much but I’ll check..” So I gave him a pound and I just expected him to walk off and carry on with his journey BUT he didn’t. He comfortably sat next to me and started to talk to me pretty much about his life. Now saying this I could only understand a bit of what he was saying as he had a very strong irish accent. So it was definitely a case of just smile and nod haha. But apart from not understanding a word he was saying and trying not to notice the over powering smell of alcohol and odour, I enjoyed the time I had just listening to him.
From what I could understand he’s a irish poet from Dublin and moved from Ireland years ago to try and make a career here but it didn’t work out so he has been living it rough for years. He told me that the previous night he had to stay in a hostel because it was too snowy to sleep out on the streets. However because of his Aspergers he gets picked on a lot by others and finds drink gives confidence to stick up for himself. My heart went out for him when he told me that he can’t really drink because of health reasons and its getting worse but as he put it, drink is the only way ‘to survive in this harsh world’. Even though as random as it was I could tell his real passion was poetry as he kept reciting all these celtic poems to me. Through out the conversation I kept praying just asking God to give me wisdom on when or whether I was to talk/ask him about his beliefs etc, but I didn’t feel stirred at any point…
The guy that I later found out was called Shaun kept apoligising if he was annoying me and that he would leave me if he was. But he wasn’t annoying me, I was in no hurry to get anywhere and I could tell he loved to talk and he enjoyed the company. So I always responded with a reassuring smile and told him it was fine, however when it was time for him to go he again thanked me for the money and I told him that it was a pleasure meeting him and that I hope he does well in his life and God Bless. Then I realised when he was walking off that even though I was directly telling Shaun the gospel I was living out what Jesus commanded us to do. The amazing thing is Jesus gave me a picture a year or so ago which talked about looking through the eyes of love… (click here for the link) We are all called to look through the lens of love…To Love God…To love people as you love yourselves! Not to judge! To accept people! To bless people no matter what!
So I challenge you next time you’ve got some time whilst you are out, just simply ask “God, if its in your will bring me anyone you want me to talk to and Holy Spirit please help me with the right words to say” If not just smile, everyone can be blessed with a smile. Don’t worry God will never give you anything that you can’t handle, he knows you well :)
God Bless :)x
I know I’m on a break from Tumblr, but as I read this I felt lead by the Spirit to share with you all to build you up. Amy is an amazing friend of mine, so follow her.
If you haven’t seen my blog post about my leave: tumblr-goodbye
If you’d like to know more about the 60:60 Experiment, my friend Daryl wrote a short blog post about it: http://www.darylk.co.uk/blog/2012/01/the-6060-experiment/
God bless x