And Jesus wept
Last week I was invited to a shelter to address about 50 men and women. I thought I had prepared my speech well, but when I got there and got talking to some people there, everything changed the whole scenario and subject of my visit there. I am a confident person, but this weekend I faltered a little. The stories were sad. I thought my situation, where I have come from and where I have been was bad but I realised I was blessed. One young girl caught my sight; let’s call her Fatima, aged 14. This young lady first asked me if I knew how to fix her head scarf because she is Muslim and since she had a stroke no one has tied her head scarf for her. As I fixed her headscarf for her, she asked me again if I could feed her before I addressed the residents, but she wanted to have her meal in her room. Anyway I wheeled her to her room and there were scarcely any personal effects in there but a couple of photos of a very handsome young boy aged about 3. I asked if that was her brother, her answer shocked me. No, that was her son. She was raped in Somalia and she was trafficked here soon after. Its only after a month she was held somewhere that she realised she was pregnant. She had a stroke whilst in labour. She was aged 11 and she has been bedridden for 3 years. She wondered if I could be a big sister to her and come visit her sometime, and do girly things with her like make-up and open an account for her on facebook too. Her dream one day is to go to America and be whatever she wants to be. That moment I remembered the shortest verse in the Bible And Jesus wept.
I realised this is not the shortest verse in the Bible; it is the longest in fact. Everything about Jesus and Gods love is there, right in front of us. He did not cry, he wept. That is how I felt I have cried many a time but I wept because the emotions were too much for me. A young girl has gone through so much and no one to hug her and jut let her know there is life, there is hope, and there is a future. I hugged her so much I did not want to let go. I will get the money somehow to get her a laptop and put her on facebook. This weekend sobered me up. I have re read the verse Jesus wept and relieve the day and the emotions I am getting are heart wrecking.