Last week my daughter called me to “confess” that she messed up. She was upset that she didn’t follow through quick enough on a prompting to help someone. A woman in line at Panda Express in front of her had her card denied and had to leave without her food. Said empathetic daughter told the cashier she would pay for the woman’s items, but by then, the woman had left and couldn’t be seen in the vicinity, so the moment passed. Flash forward to my recent experience. I was at a stop light and saw the unkempt old man with the ubiquitous cardboard sign. The only word I noted, which was darkened, was “HUNGRY.” I knew I had no food in the car and rationalize it’s no good to give money, and then the light changed and I moved on. But immediately my daughter’s recent experience came into my mind and I thought, “I can do SOMETHING right now.” I drove the few blocks to Taco Bell, bought the Big Box Meal and turned back to the intersection, hoping the man would still be there. He was. I rolled down the window and extended my offering, calling out, “Dinner?” He ran over, took the food gratefully and said, “Wow! this is great! Thanks!” I drove off, but not without emotion overtaking me and tears pricking the corners of my eyes. I called my daughter to tell her what had occurred and why. Her experience had prompted my actions.
But the story didn’t end there. That night I lay in bed and remembered that my scripture study that morning had been cut short, and I wanted to finish the chapter I had started. I turned to where I’d left off 12 hours earlier and read:
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have a of his love, and have received ab of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own c, and his d and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of e, f on the name of the Lord daily, and standing g in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the a
of God, and always b
a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the c
of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
16 And also, ye yourselves will a those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the b putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
Perhaps thou shalt a
: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
For behold, are we not all a
? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a a
of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out hisb
upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with c
, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to a
of the substance that ye have one to another. (Mosiah 4:11-21)
I was overwhelmed with the Spirit, testifying to me of the love of my Heavenly Father, His mindfulness of me and my family, and how He wants to bless us. I was grateful for this opportunity to be receptive to His promptings, not only to help another fellow human being, but to comfort my daughter and uplift her, and to received this special “God wink” through His scriptures. My heart is filled with joy!