by Pastor Leo Launio
Few weeks ago, my wife decided to do her lessons at our front lawn. The weather was warm and the sun was peeking through the clouds. It was a perfect time to be outside.
So, I joined her outside by spending my time trying to fix an old generator that one of our church members requested me to check. I was informed that this generator has not been used for many years and several attempts to fix and restart it, failed.
Armed with few ideas from the internet, I went ahead and challenged myself at fixing an old generator. I put a new gas, checked the oil level, cleaned the spark plug, checked the carburetor for possible clogs, checked the fuel line, and cleaned the filter. I spent about 1 hour and a half trying to check every possible reason why the generator would not start. But my effort was futile. I was ready to give up and I was in the process of putting all the parts together when a young man came to visit us.
He was around 16 or 17 years old. He had fresh bruises on his face and was riding his bike, going around the neighborhood asking for odd works to earn some money. He asked me and my wife if he can mow our lawn, clean our windows, or wash our cars. We told him that we can’t offer him these odd jobs.
After a few minutes of conversing with him, I’ve learned that he was homeless, a school drop out, and was going through some major challenges in life. Eager to help him, I went to our kitchen cover and collected for him a bag full of grocery, gave him a glass of juice, and gave him the last money in my wallet – a $20 U.S. dollar bill. I then offered a prayer for him. He left teary eyed.
After he left, I went back to the old generator. In spite of previous failed attempts, something inside was telling me to try restarting the generator again. I did. And it worked.
Bewildered, I looked at my wife and said, “That young man who came asking for help turned out to be a blessing.”
Proverbs 11:25 reminds us, “The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”