Through starting my ministry on the street’s, God has lead me to meet some amazing people. Even though some of the folks I meet are drug addicts and felons, I don’t judge them on thing’s like this. I try and keep in mind we are ALL human and make many mistakes in life. I enjoy spending time with these individuals over dinner and getting to know their heart’s by the meaningful conversations we have.
Tonight God brought me to Jonathan. He is a 34 year old man who has gone through a lot in his life. He is a drug user and currently lives on the streets with his girlfriend “Corda”. Jon is originally from Northern California but moved to Arizona with his parents when he was 15. He dropped out of high school and has worked Job’s such as construction and fast food.
One of his daughters passed away and one is currently living with a good family somewhere in the U.S.. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have contact with her due to his current situation. Jon told me he knows she is better off where she is with a stable, loving family.
His mother and father are still here in Arizona but his father is dying from “Valley Fever” and also a severe case of diabetes. Jon told me how he was a “fathers boy” growing up and the fact that his dad is dying, is mentally killing him on the inside. He can’t stand to see his dad slowly pass away so he has chosen to live on the streets and use drugs as a way to escape and temporarily ease the pain that’s destroying him.
I may not understand or agree with his decisions, but judging him doesn’t do any good. I didn’t realize when I first walked up to Jon but he pointed out to me that his girlfriend “Corda” was across the street. She was also holding a sign asking for money. They are both homeless living on the street’s together.
I asked if we could go over to her. I told him I would love to buy her some food and get to know her as well. He said “That’d be great” and we started across the street to go talk with her. As we approached Corda, she saw us coming, jumped up and ran across the busy street to a nearby gas station. I didn’t know if she didn’t want to talk with me or if she was just high and wasn’t really aware of what was going on.
It seems like a strange relationship they have. They often fight and even physically abuse one another. I asked Jon why he remains with her if things are so toxic and his only answer was, “No matter what she does, I will ALWAYS love her.” I personally think it would be best if they parted way’s, however I respect his unfailing love for his girlfriend.
While driving home I got to thinking about how our own relationship with God is similar in certain aspects. Although we may turn and run away from our Savior. He is always chasing us with forgiveness and unconditional love in his Heart. No matter what negative things we could do in life, His love NEVER fails and He will never turn away from us.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved.
It’s important to realize we are all God’s children and saved by His grace. No matter what sins we’ve committed in our past or future. Jon told me he wants to get clean eventually and better his life. He knows the path he is currently on is leading no-where good. Jon has a great heart. I enjoyed spending time with him and passing on the blessings that God has so graciously given me. I can only hope and pray that his mindset will soon change, his eyes will be opened and his caring heart will take him on to a better life.
I ask you please, tonight before you fall asleep on your comfy bed, in your air-conditioned home surrounded by the many things God has given you. Pray for Jonathan and his girlfriend. It’s never to late to turn away from sin and find God. Always remember he’s right behind you, chasing you with open arms.
John 10:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.