While at the gas station one day, Nicole Marie Heintz of Lakeville, MN was puzzled to see a man crying while looking at the gas pump. Since she had specifically gone out of her house that day because she planned on passing by the gas station, she had ample time to get to work; thus, she approached the guy and asked what his problem was.
Her heart was broken when she took a closer look because despite the freezing temperature, the man was wearing flip flops and socks covered with holes. Peering into his car, he saw that the man’s wife looked tired and was covering her face with her hands while their teenage daughters were cuddling in a blanket at the back seat.
“Sir, is something the matter?” Nicole dared to ask.
“I can’t even provide for my family,” he said in response, almost ready to give up and was no longer ashamed of shedding tears in front of a stranger.
Without prodding the family more about their situation, Nicole quickly put her card in the pump machine and told the guy, “Jesus Christ the Son of God died to provide for you.” The man was so shocked by her actions that he fumbled with the machine and “it was like he forgot how to pump gas”, Nicole wrote.
When the man’s wife learned about what was happening, she cried and gave Nicole a big hug. With the gesture, Nicole saw that the woman’s clothes were torn and dirty.
Without any hesitation, she asked the woman to go with her to her car as she actually had some extra clothes she had planned on getting rid of after cleaning out her closet earlier in the day.
But instead of digging in, the woman cried and ran back to her car. Nicole felt afraid that she had offended the woman, somehow, but seconds later, she was back with her teenage girls and they began searching for clothes that would fit them, layering these on top of their torn clothing.
By this time, a small crowd had gathered in the gas station and learned of Nicole’s kind deed and the family’s plight – and Nicole’s simple deed sparked a chain of reaction with the onlookers. A middle-aged man gave the father his jacket while another person gave the family a gift card.
“Never in my life did I think I would see this kind of thing happen at a gas station with a handful of complete strangers,” Nicole mused.
She ends her post with, “But it gives me hope. That the love of God can be so contagious. That we are not alone in being the change we want to see in the world. That God’s love is greater than anything and we get to be a part of that love changing lives. And HE always provides!”
What a wonderful story…