Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized
I cannot speak for everyone nor everyone’s situation, but I believe that trials are often a blessing in disguise in my life.
“All our trials, great and small, can bring more of the two best things in life: love for life and love for others.”, wrote Gary Smalley.
Chuck Swindoll said, “There’s a old Swedish proverb: A shared sorrow is half the sorrow and a shared joy is twice the joy.” It’s been a great joy to find that when I have trusted trustworthy people with my hardship they help me carry my load.
“Share each other’s burdens…You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand…By helping each other with your troubles, you truly obey the law of Christ.” [Galatians 6:2]
Please donate to help the tragedy befallen Japanese, but please look for was to help people you see throughout your day.
On Saturday while driving with my friend Gina I passed a man bundled up on the corner.
He looked cold. Since I was with Gina I dismissed the thought of stopping to help him.
We drove to Caribou.
Later that morning I dropped Gina off at her house.
Driving around the block I saw someone down the block diving up hope.
It was obvious — the “I cannot carry this one more step” look.
The person was clearly trying to carry several grocery store plastic bags filled with stuff.
As I approached I also realized that the person who had been carrying the bags was the man I had seen at the corner earlier that morning.
“Hi”, I said, “it looks like you’ve got quite a bit to carry. Would you like a ride?”
Clearly tired, he agreed, “Yes.” Almost breathless he set down the first three bags into the vehicle. Reaching down he picked up the other three before silently sitting down. He set the bags onto his lap.
“Hi”, I repeated, “I’m Scott.” I reached out my hand as I finally took a look at the man.
“Will”, he said as he shook my hand. Will was tired.
I drove Will and his groceries the last half mile to his home.
Will was grateful.
As I drove away I realized that Will had walked almost two miles to the grocery store that was right by the Caribou we drove to.
If I had known he needed a ride to that grocery store I would have gladly offered Will a ride. I didn’t. I wish that I did, but I didn’t.
I also know that Will must have had a long hard walk carrying six grocery bags for almost two miles.
Many people have turned me down when I offered my help.
That’s okay, they can say “no”.
I believe it’s my responsibility to offer to do what I can.
I got to help Will. God helped both of us feel a little better about our day.
Why do I stop to offer rides to strangers?
Because I think, “If I were them would I want someone to offer me help?” Yes.
The world would be a more loving place if we chose to work together.
Note – If you’re interested, we support and trust World Relief and Samaritan’s Purse.