God has a way of presenting us with opportunities in life, although some harder to see then others. Today, one was right in front of me so I had to act on it..
This is “Bud”. Bud has a beautiful wife and lovely young daughter. His family and him jumped on a opportunity to move here form Florida last month for a new Job. They made the several day drive when a friend of his offered him a job at his fathers flooring company here in Arizona.
They all moved into the home of the man who owned the company where Bud was offered the job and everything was going great at first. After several weeks of working and trying to get settled in to a new state, something tragic happened. Bud’s friend who he had moved out here with got into a physical altercation with his father ( The owner of the flooring company) and decided to pack up and move back to Florida immediately. The owner had promised Bud and his family that he could stay and continue to live with him and work at the company.
After Bud and his family had given their rent money for the month to this man, he did something unimaginable. He took the money and kicked them out of the home. They were now in a state where they knew no-one, left without work and a home to stay in… For the last couple of day’s fortunately they have been able to pull enough money together to stay in cheap motels until they can find a permanent location to live.
Bud has been doing everything he can to find work and support his wife and daughter. He had lost his I.D before moving here which has made it difficult to find a new form of income. With little money and no birth certificate he is in a position where he can’t get a new form of identification. Without an I.D and address to provide to employers he is stuck with taking odd jobs off craigslist and whatever he can to provide his wife and daughter a place to sleep.
He is skilled in many trades such as automotive, flooring and roofing. The jobs he has been able to find on craigslist usually don’t pan out well and he has been paid far less then what he was originally told he would receive even after long days of hard labor and a job well done.
Bud is very intelligent and I could tell he didn’t have any issues with drugs or alcohol like most of the people on the street I meet. It only takes one tragedy to leave a family stranded like the position they are in today. With no other choice, and being the good man that he is, Bud has had to stand on the corner asking for work or help with money to feed his family. He is not proud of what it’s come to, but at the same time, he told me he would do anything to provide for the people he loves.
Although Bud isn’t very religious, I talked with him about Jesus and why I was out there trying to help others. I gave him some food and the money needed for another night in a hotel. I told him everything I have comes from GOD and I personally take no credit for the things I was able to give him. All the glory goes to God.
MATTHEW 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Thanks to the family of his wife, they still have an active cell phone. We exchanged numbers to keep in contact. If anyone has an opportunity for this man to get some work, please message me and let me know. From talking with him I know he has many talents and can do lots of different types of jobs. ANY TYPE OF WORK IS WELCOME.
It was truly a blessing to be able to hangout with my new friend and share with him the blessings that God has provided for me. I have no doubt Bud will get him and his family out of a hotel and into the life they deserve. Please keep them in your prayers and remember that no one is immune from tragedy like this.
I know that God is working in his life just as he is in mine and your’s. I hope that one day he will turn to Christ and realize what an amazing God we serve, no matter what our situation. We may not understand why we are going through the struggles we are dealing with in life. It is important to put ALL our faith in God and know that his plan is perfect. Even if it doesn’t fit our own schedule.
PROVERBS 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”