When God shows out (answer’s a prayer, provides a miracle, etc.) one cannot help but to give Him praise. He is awesome and without a doubt Father God watches out for His children. Regardless of what you may have heard, God does not desire for you to be hurt and in pain (mental, physical, spiritual, etc.), He desires for you to have a peaceful life in Him. God is LOVE and that is that.
Now Theresa (of Comfort Socks) doesn’t actually know she was an answer to a prayer, but she was and I am writing this right after finding out, so perhaps I can convey the high I am on right now of pure gratitude (though this will be posted once I get some photos to share). Now in case you aren’t aware one thing anyone experiencing homelessness can always use is socks. I have been honored to have been a part of the community for over 5 years now and there isn’t a week that goes by in which someone doesn’t ask for socks. The flip side of our efforts is that since we are volunteer supported sometimes other needs get put ahead of taking care of clothing the feets. For a few weeks (ok like a couple months) we have been sockless, even as so much as the past week I handed out some of my old socks to make up the gap. Now, admittedly I was quite amused to watch some of my dear friends slipping on my neon, knee-high, polka dotted socks (and they were very grateful), but I just kept steading asking God to provide something more suitable.
Now when I say ask God, I do not mean I got down on my knees and pleaded, I just simply kept thinking, “God you know we could really use some socks, right?” Talking to God does not have to be a long, drawn out and elaborate task. However, it is best if it is a continuous event, keeping God top of mind in all that you do, whenever you do it. The important thing is that you talk to God, He loves you and desires to hear from you ... more than just what you ‘want’ but also how you are, and of course be sure to thank Him because well, to put it bluntly, HE DESERVES IT.
Ok, ok so all in all what happened was I was talking to Theresa and was delivered the news that they wanted to extend 120 pairs of socks to us for use in Little 5 Points. Admittedly, when I read the words I was grateful, speechless, and a single tear (cue the movie music) rolled down my face out of pure joy. You know that is the thing, I just wanted just about 30 socks to make their way through, but God saw fit for it to be laid on someone’s heart to increase it to so much more, so we can have them on sock for more than just one week. Now, this is not the first time we have been blessed by Comfort Socks, this however came as a surprise in abundance at just the right time.
I’ve been watching the various birds, squirrels and chipmunks from my porch on a pretty regular basis and what I see with them, just ties into this (something I have experienced perhaps a million times), but to simply trust God, His timing is good, there is no need to worry, and after all “this life” is the worst it can get for those who have accepted salvation through Jesus Christ.
To put in in verse:
Do Not Worry
Do Not Worry
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Ok, so now let us jump to receiving the socks, in which glass almost shattered when I opened the box to find not only 120 pairs of socks but 240 pairs of socks and not just ANY socks, BOMBAS (whose mission is to help the homeless by giving them socks via their buy one, give one model)! Like I said, even my dog Penny (who is quite accustomed to my high pitch voice) stood stunned when I not so delicately opened the box and proceeded to reach the highest squeal thus far in my time upon this Earth.
The first wave of socks have now been delivered and it was just as joyous as expected. Those that received them were delighted to hear about people across the states joined together to help them out. The most common statement that followed after one of gratitude was "oh wow, these are like REALLY good socks Hollie". Which of course made me smile. These are people who sometimes don't feel worthy of life itself, much less $12 socks, so... well to say that one or two shed a tear wouldn't be an exaggeration. Out of respect we do not take many photos, but we did snap a few (with permission).
So thank you, thank you, thank you many, many times over to all the people who donates to, works at and volunteers with Comfort Socks and who does all that plus purchases from Bombas. Because of your kindness we will be able to provide much needed, awesome quality, greatly appreciated socks to those who join with us weekly in Little 5 Points, as well as, those who are traveling through and just stop off at our location (we are close to a train yard). And of course, ultimately thanks be to God who put all of this in motion, and continues to watch out for us all daily.
I do hope that you take a minute to check out Comfort Socks. Please donate to their efforts if you have some denero to spare, and keep them uplifted in prayer as they do help so many. On the off chance you are reading this and are from Atlanta or will be visiting Atlanta and want to check out what we do in Little 5 Points on Sundays, shoot me an email; we will be happy to have you!