I guess you could say I’m a creature of habit. There’s a restaurant not too far from my home I go to on a regular basis to have a cup of coffee and read. I’ve been going to the restaurant for such a long time that I’m familiar with the regulars, and they are familiar with me.
One day when I was in the restaurant, I was reading my bible and drinking a cup of coffee when I noticed a man I had never seen before looking in my direction. I glanced up at him, but he quickly looked away. I returned to my reading. However, I noticed that he continued to look in my direction. He also started pacing back and forth in the restaurant. Little by little he was getting closer and closer to my table. Finally, he got close enough to speak, and he asked me what I was reading in the Bible. I told him the chapter I was reading, but I could tell that was not his question. Without hesitation, I asked him if he wanted prayer. He said yes and sat down across from me. He described a difficult situation he was going through on his job. I listened, and when he was finished I prayed for him, and he left.
Two weeks later I was at the same restaurant sitting at the same table, reading my Bible when I glanced up and saw the same guy I saw a few weeks ago walk in. This time, there was no hesitation, and he headed straight for my table. There was no pacing or waffling back and forth. This time he walked in and sat down and told me that he needed prayer. I listened to this prayer request and then I prayed. When I finished praying for him, he looked at me and said, “I don’t belong to a church.” To my surprise, he took an envelope out of his pocket and sat it on the table. I was stunned. I knew it had money in it, and I did not know what to do. Out of shock, I looked at him, and I said, “I do not know what to say. Thank you.” He said, “Don’t thank me; thank the Lord.” He then got up and left.
I glanced down at the envelope, but I didn’t touch it. This had never happened to me, and I didn’t know if it was a good idea for me to accept it. However, by the time the shock had passed the guy was gone. I did not want the money to distract me from my reading, and I did not know what to do, so I did nothing until I was finished. I struggled with whether or not I should accept it. I prayed for this guy out of the goodness of my heart. Never in a million years did I expect to get an envelope full of money. I sat at the table, and I read my Bible, and I prayed. I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t a coincidence that he showed up at my table 2 weeks ago. It also wasn’t a coincidence that he showed up two weeks later with an envelope full of money. I thought, how would he even know I was going to be here. He didn’t. The Lord knew. So I finished my Bible study then opened up the envelope. The envelope was filled with $20 bills. There was $200 in the envelope. What a blessing!