Monday, June 19, 2017

would you stop?

"'...and, Love your neighbor as yourself.'
'And who is my neighbor?'...
'Which of the three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?'
The expert in the law replied, 'The one who had mercy on him.'"
Luke 10:27,29,37

Picture this.  A kind 81 year-old man who uses a cane due to permanent injury from a broken ankle and moves about cautiously because of numerous health issues and whose heart functions at only 40% is stranded on the side of a road... who will stop and help?  My daddy can tell you.

Taking a customer's car to his tire store for a minor repair, it cut off.  He coasted to the side of the two-lane road, pulling off as much as he could.  The narrow shoulder sloped down, causing him to shuffle out on the passenger side. With no house in sight and discovering his cell phone MIA, he commenced to flag down a car.  As a lifelong residence in the small community, local business owner for 50 years and stranded on a road traveled primarily by locals, he trusted help was just around the corner. He motioned for a car to stop... then another... and then another. Fifty minutes and 50 cars later, no one stopped.  Some waved back, but no one stopped. Tired and uneasy, he didn't reach out to the passing motorcycle. It went by, but unlike the others, he came back and stayed with him until help arrived. Finally, a good Samaritan riding, not on a white horse but on a roaring motorcycle, unexpected help from the least expected.
The daughter in me wants to fuss about all who kept going. But instead i'm going to focus on thanking God for a cloudy morning and for an unlikely, unknown hero in a helmet. Just when we might be on the verge of giving up, God is still up to something.

Anyone can do what's expected, but doing what's unexpected, that's the Hand of God at its finest.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

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