Do Not Assume
About two weeks ago, while walking in the center of Mazatlan, a teenaged boy approached me. He seemed somewhat harmless. He spoke to me while at the same time showing me a note on which he had written a request for a few pesos in English. Since I speak Spanish, I then asked him to speak to me in Spanish. I was then able to have a better idea of his situation. He informed me that this particular day was his and his brother's birthday (I did not ascertain the reason for the joint celebration). His shared that his plan was to ask different people with the goal of ultimately getting enough pesos to buy a cake for them to celebrate and share. Also, he informed me that his mother was the family's provider and worked as a maid. According to this young man, his mother was now working fewer days than before causing their family to really struggle to get food. He expressed his desire to make his brother happy.
I then asked him did he have a bakery in mind. There was well known bakery about 2 blocks away. I informed him that I would buy the birthday cake. His response was unforgettable. He literally jumped for joy and expressed such sincere gratitude that I was almost moved to tears.
We walked to the bakery and he chose a beautifully decorated chocolate cake with miniature chocolates on top. He was still expressing his gratitude as I paid for the cake. We then exited the bakery. Again he thanked me with great joy. I then told him to remember this day and know that God sees, knows and answers prayers.
I love to take long daily walks. During these long walks, I pray, I listen and I think.