Today I counseled a young man who works in the streets of Tulsa, mostly at 61st and Peoria area. He was greatly stressed because of his lack of funds and inability to provide for his family. He has a wife and two children – one with special needs requiring daily medicines that the child cannot live without.
This client spoke candidly of the way he was living. He lived a thug life – selling drugs, working with the gangs of Tulsa, robbing people and doing harm to others just to take what he felt like what was his.
The gentleman was highly agitated, strung out with despair and found himself hopeless during our visit. He stated “[the world] owed him a chance.” He was angry and couldn’t get past the prejudice he felt that was stealing his ability to provide for his family in a righteous way. The lies from the evil one had penetrated his very core.
I did my best to calm him down and help him map out the next 72 hours of his life, but to no avail. I was out of tools to earnestly guide him to hope. Towards the end of our session he said to me that he did not want to go back out on the streets as a way to provide for his family.
A Divine Plan
At that moment, my thoughts were captured by the Holy Spirit. And He started to guide us to work together with a radical plan. I paid attention to the Holy Spirit as He opened the doors that were closed to this young man just minutes ago. We navigated his departure out of state where a real bonafide job that was waiting for him.
The only thing that was holding him back was gas money.
A Gas Card and a Rosary
And the money easily appeared. I was happy to give him a gift card so he could see the miracle that was happening. I privately prayed for him to our Mother and asked for his heart to be restored to the man he once was -a loving father, husband, smart, funny and who might come to love Jesus. As he was leaving my office the Holy Spirit prompted me to give him a rosary to hang on his rear view mirror for safe travels.
When he left I wondered if we would ever hear from him again. I smiled when I heard the word “Yes.” Days went by and so did my thoughts of him. I soon forgot about our encounter.
August 13, 2019
I woke up this morning with the words on my heart, “Lord renew my eyes with your eyes and allow me to experience an affirmation of your works today.”
I drove myself to work with a touch of excitement bubbling in my stomach. The day started with lots of prayers and the volunteers were just as excited as I was.
We opened our doors and was soon swamped with client after client. We were hit with a difficult case later that morning that was hard to process emotionally. We knew then that our day was going to be spiritually hard.
The Phone Call
Just as we had been hit with this challenge, we received a phone call from an old client.
When I answered, I heard in his voice an excitment to hear mine. He began to re-introduce himself to me, and I found myself full of joy as I recognized his voice.
The Car Accident
He shared how his life was changed on the car ride to Philly after he left Saint Mary Outreach Center. He was involved in a horrific accident – one that should have killed him. After the impact, he came to, and the only thing he saw was the rosary beads I had asked him to hang on his mirror. As he looked around he noticed that he was not injured, and his car had not been touched and the rosary is dangling on his dashboard. He also said that at that very moment God protected him. And then he remembered the Church of Saint Mary, where he got that rosary.
Recognizing God’s Goodness
He stated that he is still near the east coast. He told me he has steady construction work and is able to send money home to his family. He makes enough to take care of everyone and have some left over. In fact, he said that he takes $50.00 every Friday and goes to the streets of Philly and passes out $1.00 and $5.00 bills to the homeless. He says it makes him feel amazing that he is able to give in this capacity.
He was excited to report to me all the blessings he has received since our first visit in October. He said that we taught him how to give and the love of Jesus thru our loving on him in his time of desperation.
As he was telling me all this, inside I was glorifying God and thanking him for the blessing of showing me an affirmation of seeing Him with new eyes just as I prayed for.
OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD! Our Outreach center is a tiny little place with a powerful punch. We rarely get to hear of the miracles that take place to the people we serve after they walk out the door, and then this comes to us and we consider it as “Miracle of the Rosary.”