My husband so patiently takes me to Curves each morning to work out, after which I walk my two miles down Academy Boulevard. One day on our way up Academy, we saw a man trying to push his SUV uphill (the hill that I walk down on my morning walks). He was making almost zero progress pushing his vehicle uphill, as his wife was trying to steer. John parked our car, and got out to help. Now, John is over 70 so even with his help, they made very little progress. Cars coming upon them were not looking ahead, and would swerve to miss hitting them from behind while they were pushing. To be honest, it was terrifying.
I immediately starting praying... fervently. Lord preserve them. Take care of this situation. Guess what? An ambulance pulled behind, stopped, and turned on it’s safety blinkers. Putting on their neon green vests, two buff young men got out and helped John and the other man push the SUV into a parking lot out of the traffic pattern. What a terrific act of kindness which restored my hope in mankind! By no means did they have to do that.
The man and his wife had just moved here. They knew no one. They had been on Academy Boulevard needing help for nearly 30 minutes and not one person stopped or offered help prior to John stopping.
A few years back, I remember my car stalling. I put on my emergency blinkers but instead of offering help, people honked their horns. My troubles were just an inconvenience to them.
Why is it we do not invest ourselves in helping others? Is it we are too consumed with our own lives and needs? Are we too blind or callous to see the needs of others? Is it fear that we might be taken advantage of, or hurt? Are our hearts so hardened that we don’t reach out when people are in need? The story of the Good Samaritan says it all in Luke 10:25-37:
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. KJV
The good Samaritan was the lowest of low in their society but He was the one who had mercy and helped his neighbor. It was not the priest. It was not the Levite. It was the good Samaritan. That is what we are called to do. Will we stop when we see someone in need? Or will we pass on by? That is why we do what we do at Crossfire to help those who come to us in need.
Dear Father, help us to see the needs of others. Help us to have mercy and reach out to help. Remove our fear and protect us from those whose intentions might be evil. Lord, guide and direct us to do your will. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.