The love of God -McDonald´s

He almost tripped on his own legs on the way to the bathroom line at McDonald’s, in central Stockholm.

It was an ordinary sunday, Francis and I, had just been to church and we decided to grab a bite to eat and catch up on life. Just seconds after I started eating I noticed this man staring at us. After a while Francis also saw him, and his sharp but empty stare.  I saw that this man could be under the influence of alcohol and looking for someone to fight with, but deep inside I felt something good is going to come out of all of this.

We greeted each other and he introduced himself as Muhamed. We offered him a place to sit next to us and Francis went over to the cashier and ordered him a hamburger meal. Almost anyone could see that this man was in pain. The smell of alcohol, his rough appearance and exhausted eyes said it all. We asked him who he was and where he’s from.

He began sharing his story, how he traveled from Somalia to Gothenburg and then further on to his current location – Stockholm. It was a story filled with broken promises and betrayals from close relatives, that eventually led to his current state: Nothing in his wallet and a life on the streets.

By now, people around us were wondering what was going on and tried to listen in on our conversation.

He sat there, completely hopeless, wondering why all this was happening to him. The feeling of betrayal and loneliness was overwhelming and all of a sudden, this enormous love arose in our hearts, for Muhamad and his situation, and we did what we knew could change everything. We told him about Jesus.

Muhamed quickly told us that he’s very comfortable in his own religion and faith, but it didn’t take him so long to discover that we weren’t there to convert him, but to show the honest, true love of God to a fellow brother in need.

Francis began sharing about how much Jesus loves him and how eager He is to step into his life and help turn things around. Muhamed was quiet for a while. I felt a change in the air, now we had a warm friendly atmosphere filled with love.

By now, people around us were wondering what was going on and tried to listen in on our conversation. Even though Muhamad was on the defensive side for a while the love of God began to pound on his heart and eventually he allowed us to pray and bless him.

”I’ve never felt anything like this before. It’s like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders… I love Jesus!”

As we’re praying for him, tears ran down his cheeks. He then, bursts out crying and sighed as the love of Jesus filled him and began reparing his broken heart. At this point, people didn’t really care if we saw them starring at us. The atmosphere was filled with God’s presence.

Somewhat confused, Muhamed says:

”I’ve never felt anything like this before. It’s like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders… I love Jesus!”

We continued talking and offered to pay for his train ticket to Gävle (he had some relatives in that city). No longer were his eyes empty and aggressive, but humble and shining with love. He didn’t know what to say, but accepts our help and on the way to the Central Station we spoke about life, family and love. Muhamed was struggling, trying to understand why these complete strangers, would show him so much love.

We hugged and went our separate ways, all of us changed and filled with love.

With this testimony we want to encourage you to allow God to use you in every situation you face. It’s not always easy, and it does not always happen at the best timing, but as long as you have an open heart, you will see the power of God. If you truly want to touch the heart of God, then simply choose to walk in love.

Love never fails – (1 Corinthians 13:8)
/ Omid Seppänen