Big Boss Sovereign
I see my friend Alice sitting on a park bench. She is in deep conversation with a homeless man I have not met yet. I feel like I am interrupting, so I give them some space and talk with a group sitting nearby. After a few minutes, I make eye contact with Alice and am invited into their conversation. Alice has a black eye and a swollen lip. I have been praying for her leadership role in the homeless community. She wants to advocate for people on the streets and is active in the Lutheran church. She introduces me to her friend. “Michael helps people and does really good things.” I introduce myself and meet Kenny. After water and socks are distributed, the conversation turns to God. Kenny quickly pegs me as a Christian, takes a sip of beer, and begins to praise the Lord. “I am so thankful that I know the Lord. I am backsliding, but tomorrow I am going to turn it around!” Kenny explains how he grew up Baptist and Methodist. How he was filled with the Holy Ghost in his twenties and became Pentecostal. How he loves the Bible and the Word of God. I give him and Alice a Bible from my backpack. Emotionally, Kenny recites the first chapter of John from memory. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made (John 1:1-3).” “Oh, yes!” declares Kenny, “I love God. He is the Big Boss Sovereign!” I am amazed at his faith and listen as he shares scripture from the Psalms and the book of James. As we continue talking, Alice tells me that Kenny’s brother died yesterday. Kenny begins to sob, “He was hit by a car and died of an infection in the hospital.” James 5:13 comes to mind—“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” As I pray for Kenny, the presence of God begins to comfort and soothe his aching heart. Jesus walks with us through our suffering, carrying our burdens and healing our broken hearts. The death and violence that Alice and Kenny experience on the street cannot separate them from the love of God. Jesus really is the Big Boss Sovereign.