Herman Kleinkopf had quite a big day, he had run and not grown weary, (100 kilometers in 5 hours).
He was back in his big old armchair, just hanging with Jesus when there was a knock on his door. It was a homeless person, a guy named George that Herman had seen around at times, sometimes rifling through the church bins after Sunday fellowship luncheon, hoping for some tasty leftovers. George said he was broke and could Herman lend him a few dollars until his next welfare check. Herman was broke too, (that is – Herman had no cash)… of course Herman wasn’t really broke because his Father owned the whole universe.
Anyway, Herman invited George in for a sandwich and a cup of coffee. They exchanged polite conversation, (in Herman’s case that meant asking George straight out how he got himself into such a mess). Over several cups of coffee and pretty much a whole loaf of peanut butter sandwiches, George’s story came out. George had been an accountant at Lehmann Brothers before that terrible day, he had a great job, lovely family and house, 2 cars and dog etc. etc. But it all went belly-up, first the job, then the investigation, followed by the foreclosure on the house & cars, and the worst part his wife left him and took the kids. Now George had nothing and was staying alive by scrounging food and sleeping under bushes.
Herman said to George, “having nothing isn’t so bad, as long as your having it with Jesus”. In between swallows and burps, George asked Herman what he meant… he wasn’t really interested in the answer, but he just wanted to keep Herman talking so he could keep eating.
So Herman proceeded to describe it like this; “Between Jesus and me we know where everything is that I will ever need. There are some things that I can find, my toothbrush, shoes, carwash stuff, mower, rake and clippers and so on – pretty much everything else Jesus looks after. So if I ever need anything that I can’t put my hands on I just ask Jesus and He sorts it out for me”.
That got George’s attention, “do you mean to tell me that absolutely everything you need in your life, you can either put your hands on it right now or else you tell Jesus and He gets it for you ?” Yep, said Herman… “anything at all… if I can’t find something that I need I just ask Jesus and He finds it for me. It happens just like in the book”…
to be continued….