“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was: and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him” (Luke 10:33-34).
Many of us know the “Good Samaritan” parable Jesus told in Scripture–the story about a man who was robbed and both a priest and a Levite passed right by him and did nothing to help. Only the Samaritan, a group of people hated by the Jews and Gentiles, stopped to take care of the injured man. (Luke 10:25-37)
Many of us would say, “I’d never be like that priest or Levite mentioned in this story. I’m sure I’d stop to help the poor man.” That’s what I thought too. But one day as I was shopping I became that Levite who refused to help; I became that priest who overlooked an opportunity to serve someone else and help a friend.
On this particular day I was not feeling well and I was in my own world. I ran into a wheelchair-bound friend. I asked her how she was doing and noticed her husband was not with her. I should just stop right here because we all know what I should have done. Embarrassingly enough I chatted for a minute and then said goodbye.
I didn’t offer to help her with her shopping. . .
I didn’t ask her if she needed anything. . .
God, however, did think about my friend’s needs.
The next morning before church, God touched my heart and I immediately realized what an awesome opportunity I had missed to serve someone else. The sermon I heard that morning also brought that point home. Pastor reminded us that loving our neighbor does indeed have a cost. Our neighbor isn’t just the person who lives next door; it’s anyone who is hurting. “We need to listen with our eyes, ears, and hearts.”
Obviously, I was not listening that day. I will not make a mistake like that again. I’m so grateful for God’s grace and second chances! I realize that some of you might not have been able to help a friend physically, but each of us has ways God will use us and we need to have ears ready to hear when God prods. You won’t regret helping, but you might regret not helping!
Prayer: God, give me ears to hear and eyes to see when someone is hurting around me. Open my heart to Your leading. Amen.
About the Author:
Bridget Gazlay resides in beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, kidney stones, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric art on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that anyone who comes across her writing or artwork would see she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” Find out more about Bridget at, http://www.pfccreations.com.
How has someone unexpectedly helped you? Have you been in the position to help a friend and didn’t? How did you feel afterwards?
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