It was just like any other day, as I walked out of my office for lunch. As I shut the door to my office, I could hear all my coworkers, most of them Christians, It still rings in my ear “Thank you Lord for this food I am about to eat”. They bring their brown bags from home mind you. They all make good money, well whatever.
I myself have a great job as director of the company. I make a good salary. I would rather go out to eat. But today for some reason I went into a hamburger store. As I looked around me, there were all types of people. Some looked high minded and well off “the more important than others” types. Others you could tell had no class, “the unthankful kind”.
I said to myself as I sat down, I have a great house, I am well off, I could go to any restaurant to eat so why am I here? I do not know. I gave the young lady my order. I said give me the largest burger you have, large fries, a large drink and an apple pie. I said it out loud so that all could hear me – just to be self-centered.
As I looked up, in walked this older women with a little girl. They both looked so fragile and weak. She looked at me and I took my eyes off her. I could see the tears in her eyes as everyone looked up at her with disdain. She took a little cup from her coat and all the change fell out of the cup. The server yelled and said in a loud voice, oh what a mess you have made! The little girl began to cry. The lady was all nervous saying, I am sorry. Some of the people there began to laugh at her. For the first time in my life, I felt this pain and hurt for someone. They picked up the money and she leaned over the counter and said something in a low voice to the server. The server said out loud, “well you only have enough for a small burger and a small fries but I cannot give you any free drinks”. The lady was shaking. You could see the embarrassment on her face. I thought how could these people treat her like this, and laugh at her?
They sat down. The lady took a small bite out of the burger and one fry. She gave the rest to the little girl. She began to eat fast and you could see the hunger on her face. I could not take it anymore. I went up to the counter and said to the server, “here is fifty dollars, give them all they want to eat and drink”. Give her a bag to take home with her. I went back and sat down. The server took the food to them. She whispered in her ear. She looked up at me; the tears in her eyes were just falling of her face. She shook her head as if saying thank you. As they left I ran out after her. I gave her twenty dollars more. She smiled at me. She walked passed this old man with a cup in his hand. She turned and walked back and gave him the money. As I ran to see what she had done, I looked down on the man’s lap and I saw a bible and a small piece of paper and written on it was “I was blind but now I see”. I looked up and they were gone.
I went back to my office. I found Paul and I told him all that had taken place. He said let us pray. I said Paul; I do not know how to pray. Just repeat after me. I heard many words, like Jesus and Lord, Father, Holy Spirit save him. I was so shook up, I just kept quiet. I told him I was going home to get some rest.
I just could not get all these things out of my mind. I went to bed and fell asleep. I was twisting and turning. In my dream I was saying, how can a God who loves let those entire people laugh, and belittle that lady and little girl? I found myself in front of a curtain, a dark curtain. I opened the curtain; I fell back, for it was the same scene where I was this afternoon. Yet there was a large, glass type of window that separated two rooms. On the right room there was a light shining through that space. Yet on the other side was darkness. I saw the people on the dark side. They were the ones who were there. They looked at me with anger and were yelling at me, but I could not hear them from far away in the room with the light. I saw three persons walking my way. There was a joy on their faces, all of them, they were lifting and waving their hands. Then the third person stopped. The two others continued walking towards me as I fell to my knees. Then this voice began to speak. It was like the sound of thunder. He said, on that day the king will say to those on the right, come you who are blessed of my father, (I was shaking) inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me. As he spoke, the two persons were still walking, coming to me. On the other side of the dark window a sign was flashing words. I was amazed to see words like proud, lovers of selves, unthankful, false accusers, without natural affections, boasters unthankful, and despisers of those that are good. Were those words for me, for I saw myself as if it was describing me? The King continued speaking saying the one who does these things to one of my brothers even to the least of them; he has done it to me. As I looked up the two turned and smiled at me, it was the lady and the young girl. The joy that came over me was unexplainable.
I awoke jumping up in my bed crying, saying dear God in heaven, save me, save me, and I heard, give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come and follow me. Amen.
Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33)
Frank Ferrera Sr.