After a week of contemplating and praying about what to do with the reverse offering that we received from Heartland, God answered by placing a situation almost literally in our front yard. As I drove home from work this evening, I spotted a car with its hood up on a side street 4 houses down from us. There were no other cars or people around when I passed, so it appeared like the owner of the car still needed some help. I got home, changed clothes, and grabbed the envelope with the $80. RJ and I walked down the street to see if we could help and to bless this person with the reverse offering. By the time we got there, we saw two men standing outside of the car and a woman off to the side on a cell phone. We walked up to the men and asked if they needed anything. The owner of the car thanked us and said that a tow truck was on the way. The owner’s brother, the other man standing by the car, mentioned that the car had some clutch issues. The car was a station wagon of some sort, a Saturn or Honda I believe, was at least 10 years old, and it appeared that a clutch problem would put a healthy dent in the owner’s finances. I explained the reverse offering and let them know that our family wanted to bless them with our portion of the offering to help cover the expense of fixing the car.
The car owner’s eyes began to tear up and he tried to decline the money, telling me that he appreciated it, but that he could not accept the gift because there are people who need it more than him. I politely refused to take the money back by telling him that he should keep what he needed or felt compelled to use, and then bless someone else with the rest. At that point, he hugged me and thanked me again. They asked where we go to church, and when I told him Heartland, they said that they were familiar with the church. The brother and his wife asked if we knew Kevin, who was previously Heartland’s Worship Pastor and is now at Church of the Resurrection. The owner’s brother and sister-in-law attend COR, but had previously attended Heartland on a couple of occasions specifically to watch and listen to Kevin play guitar. RJ and I stood there and talked with this family for a little while, and in the course of the conversation found out that this money could not have come at a better time for him because he has had some financial problems recently. We also found out that the brother and sister-in-law had invited the owner of the car to church with them, had given him a Bible, and just talked to him in general about God on a few occasions because he was “somewhat of an atheist.” After a bit, there were handshakes and hugs all around again when the tow truck arrived. We said our goodbyes and parted ways, during which time the owner of the car told me that he would only use part of our gift and would later add to it so that he could also bless others.
On the way back home, RJ told me that he was glad he came with me after all. So am I because he saw firsthand the results of listening and staying faithful to God. God is good.