Day 181- Thankful that Jesus sets us free!

Yesterday I had a very interesting experience. I had gone out to get groceries and was on my way home when I saw a woman standing at the bus stop in front of a convenience shop. She had suitcases and some other stuff with her, and I wondered if she was traveling or homeless and possibly in need. So I turned around and came back.

I pulled up in the parking lot and opened up the window to talk to her. I told her I thought I had $10 in my purse and asked if she would like to have it. She said yes, so I started looking in my purse for it. I asked her if she was okay and she said no, then her words began to tumble out of her mouth like a rushing stream.

She started off telling me that she had been abused for 51 years, and I listened compassionately, because I have a bit of an understanding of abuse. Then she started telling me that she had lost roles to famous actresses which sent up a red flag in my mind. If she was an actress, might some of this be an act?

But I do think something was definitely mentally wrong with her. She was telling me that people had given her food and that they had poisoned it. She wouldn’t eat it because she believed it to be poisoned.

She talked so much and so fast that I couldn’t even keep up with her, much less remember everything she said. I asked her something about going on the bus, and she said, “Oh, I’m not taking the bus.” She also criticized another customer who was standing at the bus stop.

I couldn’t find the $10 after all my searching, so I said out loud, “I was sure I had $10 in here!” But I couldn’t find it. I had about enough change for a bus fare or a sandwich from the convenient shop, so I asked her if she would like that. She said yes and took it.

Before leaving, it occurred to me that maybe I should talk to her about Jesus. So I asked her innocently if she had ever given her heart to Jesus. She drew herself up and said, “I’m God. God is a woman who was born in 1969.” (That’s 51 years, the same amount of time she said she’d been abused.) Then she said something about the tree of life and showed me a bracelet she had on with a charm of the Tree of Life. I’m not sure what that had to do with anything. I have the exact same charm on a necklace, and it doesn’t make me God.

After listening carefully to what she had to say, I politely took my leave and drove out of the parking lot.

When I looked back in the rearview mirror, I saw her flicking each of the coins that I had given her one by one into the middle of the street.

I recently watched the first eight episodes of “The Chosen”. Yesterday’s situation reminded me of how compassionate Jesus was to Mary Magdalene and the Samaritan woman at the well. I felt that the best way I could help this woman was to pray fervently for her that God would deliver her from whatever bondage she is in and bring her to good mental health.

He still cares today about those who are in any kind of bondage and wants to set us free!

Today I’m thankful for the help and healing God has given me in my own heart and mind as I draw closer to Him.

I’m thankful for the fiery trials that I’ve had to go through that help me have a more compassionate heart for people like this woman.

I wish I could do more for her, but I’m thankful that I serve a God who answers prayer and is able to do great and mighty things in her life.

And, I’m thankful for Jesus example of mercy and kindness toward Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well and for his power to set them free.

I’m thankful that He still sets people free today!


12 thoughts on “Day 181- Thankful that Jesus sets us free!

  1. We met a similar woman in central London, again, she seemed either mentally ill and/or a swindler, but my wife ended up giving her ยฃ10. I think it’s better to be generous than to pontificate about whether someone’s deserving or not, that’s the gospel after all! Thanks for the post ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hi !
    That was a lovely, kind and compassionate act, and I know that God will bless you for it.

    I can imagine that Jesus would have spoken to the woman too.
    Generosity such as yours is certainly the fruit of the Holy Spirit living within you.

    I will pray for that lady. Yes, Jesus is in the business of setting people free. ๐Ÿค—

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    1. God’s Spirit in us is lovely, kind, and compassionate.
      I believe He led me to talk with her. I pray that the Lord will cause that seed that was planted to become something great in her life.
      Thank you so much for joining me in prayer for her! I was hoping others would do just that! Yes, He certainly is! Praise God! ๐Ÿค—

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  3. Oh so sad and whenever I met people that’s in bondage I feel very grieved and I often go to God very sorrowful wanting to do so much more for them and for the Church to arise and operate in the power He has given us to lay hands on and deliver them from demonic strongholds. God bless and thanks so much for sharing with us! Blessings, grace and more peace. โค

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    1. Yes, He has put His compassion in your heart and in the hearts of all who draw close to Him in truth. I’m sure He does want to heal them. If we pray for them, we may not see the miracle of their healing right away, but perhaps some day we will be allowed to see how God answered our prayers and miraculously changed their lives.
      Thank you, sis, and it’s my pleasure! Continued blessings to you as well! ๐Ÿ’–

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