Saturday, 24 July 2010

Sunday Blessings- The Rickshaw Wala

During the cold season a rickshaw wala sought shelter in our church porch. He is a street dweller and usually camps beside his rickshaw with his few possessions .His means of livelihood is ferrying passengers and earning a few rupees everyday. He eats at cheap roadside food stalls and uses public places to wash.

One night someone stole his clothes and blanket an elderly couple in our neighbourhood had given him. We gave him refuge in our compound till he found a safe place to rest.

Here is his vehicle and he is sleeping on the porch covered with a blanket.

The Lord 's house is a sanctuary for the homeless.

For us, the surest evidence that the Lord's hand of blessing is upon us comes when others are blessed through us. When we encourage friends and family in the midst of our trials, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God's hand of favor is onus. The best part is that those who are being blessed are at the same time being drawn closer to the Lord.To be blessed by God means being drawn deeper, higher, and further into his heart.Being blessed means feeling his favor, his pleasure, and his delight. It means understanding him in his ways. What a gift to pass on to others!


In continuation to this post I want to share this heart warming story I read on Elizabeth Mahlou 's blog. This was sent to her in an email. The author is unknown.

A stranger found love, acceptance and shelter at a time of need and he returned this kindness in his own way.

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out patients at the clinic.One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my 8-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments..."For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."I told him we would find him a bed but to rest on the porch. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No, thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.He didn't tell it by way of complaint. In fact, every other sentence was prefaced with thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going.At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded, and the little man was out on the porch.He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."I told him he was welcome to come again. And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7 in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen! He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden. Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear. Our family always will be grateful to have known him. From him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"My friend changed my mind. "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."All this happened long ago. Now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand! "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)

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Kathryn said...

That is a lovely story, Amrita.

And you have a lovely heart. May God richly bless you for all that you do.

Hugs. :)


Amrita said...

Thank you for your sweet comment Kathryn

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

This story was worth waiting for, Amrita, and I will link it into my H2 Helper blog. This is not the only time you have mentioned how kindhearted your family is. May God bless you for your kind hearts. Love and health, Beth.

Donetta said...

this is beautiful
strangely today we had such an event There was a car that had stalled in the center of a neighborhood street and Steve had just left the children and I at the part (I could not fit all of them in one car)
I saw this woman trying to push the car.
We had our walkies talkies and I called Steve to come with the lawn mower gas can. This dear woman with all blackened teeth...
A face of many hard times not even 40 yrs of age perhaps looking 60
She shouted "thank you doll"

this all happened just moments after watching a tv program called WHAT WOULD YOU DO? It was on that very thing.

It was a cool thing today

Pia said...

hi amrita. just wanted to say hi. God bless you.

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
You are so needed just at the place where you are. May God repay you ten fold for every good deed.

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

That poor rickshaw man! And I have been unhappy due to a computer virus. Your post has brought me up short!!!

Saija said...

so good that you continue to blog and share life experiences, God's work and the words that others share too ... blessings on you!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Amritha:)

I enjoyed reading the little stories of inspiration in this post. We always think our burdens are so great without realising that millions of people are going through worse situation than us and bearing those awesome troubles in their strides and praising God all the time.

This brings me to think that most people with money and power go away from God because they think they are too great and they don't need God. But when we have troubles, we are always closer to God.We are chosen people because God gives us a chance to think about HIM and praise HIM.

As regards the deformed man,as he rightly said that it is the grown up people who look for appearances and appearances are always deceptive. A well dressed good looking man can be a con man. Children don't go by this standard of grown ups.They don't make judgment of how the person looks and they take every one with the same innocence and happiness which is in born in them. Children have divinity in them but they lose this divinity as they grow up because of worldly attractions. This is why Jesus said that until and unless we become like little children we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Best wishes:)

Zimbabwe said...

Very nice and building story. If we give someone bread because of God and our heart - we are blessed.

David said...

your heart, my dear sister, is especially beautiful to God your Father, who has placed a great trust within your hands. Your work is His work and your expressions of care are His indeed. God so loved the world that He made generous persons like Amrita, to tell of His goodness and point others to His divine light.

Nicky said...

Hi Amrita, thank you so much for sharing this very touching and edifying story. This is so true. Have a blessed week.

Peter Stone said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, which reminded me of 1 Sam 16:7, which you quoted at the end.

I especially loved this comment - "the surest evidence that the Lord's hand of blessing is upon us comes when others are blessed through us."

God bless