He was the last patient of the day and he was brought to his appointment by the use of the county transport vehicle. As he walked to the physician waiting room and looked out the front door, there was no one there waiting for him to take him home.
The receptionist came into my office to explain that Mr. Smith (not his real name), had no way home. Public transport does not continue after 4pm and it was now 4pm.
Was there no one we could call for him? Was there a friend or neighbor?
She explained that he did not even have anyone to put on his chart as an emergency contact. This was a sad situation.
I picked up the phone and called my husband. Living only a mile from the office, I knew he could be here in no time. He could bring Mr. Smith safely home. As I went up to the front office to tell Mr. Smith that my husband was on his way to take him home, tears filled his eyes.
He said this to me:
"I want you to come to my funeral. I have no one to be there and I want good people to be there."
My response was to assure him that, God willing, he was not ready to die anytime soon and that I would do all I could to connect him with people who could help him. He explained that he had trouble walking because of a sore on the bottom of his foot which he was being treated for and that he also could not drive. He also had not eaten all day and could not get to the grocery store.
So here was an elderly man, who had no one. No close friend, no neighbor, no church family to help him. My heart just broke for him.
This story is a sad one and the remaining thoughts of my day were on "how" I could get this man the help he needed. My husband invited him to church and encouraged him to come meet with other men at the weekly men's ministry coffee gathering.
Of course, what this man needed most was Christ in his life. He needed to know Christ. He needed to become part of the family of God and join with other brothers and sisters in Christ who care, pray and encourage on another. This man did have a family waiting to help him, but he was unaware of what Christ was waiting to do in his life.
The biggest lie that the devil would like us to believe is that we are alone.
Once we feel alone, fear sets in and our lives are crippled. We feel isolated and depressed. We live a life based on untruth.
For we know that when Christ lives within us we are never alone. Christ tells us, "He is the Way, the Truth and the Life."
I cannot begin to explain with words, the joy and fulfillment that comes with knowing the Lord! Yes, God will give us brothers and sisters in Christ to help us along, but it is in Him...God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that fills our life with hope and peace.
God is our eternal faithful Companion and He will always provide for our needs.