Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings
Everybody wants to be loved… This is a beautiful man with a very important message to those who feel broken, not worthy of being loved, and abandoned. It’s crucial to know that we are not alone in the walk of life and that through God anything and everything is possible.
So the other day I was in the check-out aisle in Wal-Mart by myself with two people ahead of me. Was I in a hurry? No way! I was enjoying the fact that I was by myself so I patiently waited for my turn. Then I look up and I saw her. It was me eight years ago. She was tired and anxious. I could see it in her eyes. She had two small boys, one hanging on her leg and the other crying in the cart. She fumbled through her purse and took out her W.I.C. coupons and handed them to the cashier. What was she feeling? I can tell you how I felt years ago. I felt ashamed, embarrassed and sad. But yet extremely grateful that there were programs available to help young families that were struggling. Scott and I are very thankful that there was help when we needed it. Yet every time I was in that aisle, I could feel the looks, stares, and assumptions from the people behind me. Were they thinking that I was abusing the system? Or, that I was possibly too lazy to find a job and that if I couldn’t afford to have kids I shouldn’t have them. Probably!