You Reap What You Sow
The man slowly looked up. This was a woman
clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked
like she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she
wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.
me alone," he growled... To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She
was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.
you hungry?" she asked.
"No,"he answered sarcastically. "I've just
come from dining with the president... Now go away."
The woman's smile
became even broader.
Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his
arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me
Just then a policeman came up.. "Is there any
problem, ma'am?" he asked..
"No problem here, officer," the woman
answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been
a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him
something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he
felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.
"Let me go,
officer. I didn't do anything..."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack,"
the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, and with
some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the
cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the
morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had
not yet arrived.
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by
his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked."What is all this, is this
man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily.
"Having a person like that here is bad for business."
Old Jack smiled
a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go... I didn't
want to come here in the first place"
The woman turned to the
cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates,
the banking firm down the street?"
"Of course I am," the manager
answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet
"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at
these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"
sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."
The woman smiled again.. "I thought that might make a difference."
She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh. "Would you like
to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of
coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
cafeteria manager turned on his heel. "I'll get your coffee for you right away,
The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put
him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent... Believe it or
not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across
from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.
you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy
eyes. "I think so -- I mean you do look familiar."
"I'm a little older
perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days
when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."
"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such
a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a
job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and
had been kicked out of my apartment.. I walked the streets for days. It was
February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on
the off chance that I could get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a
smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving counter. You came
up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was
against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made
me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of
coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that
you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price
of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all
"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.
"I got a job
that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own
business that, with the help of God, prospered.." She opened her purse and
pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a
visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to
him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office."
She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little
advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get
on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always open to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he
"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory.
He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman
paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.. "Thank you for all
your help, officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he
answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget.
And thank you for the coffee."
Don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you
never know how it will be returned to you. God closes
doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close..