The forecast predicted storms for “your drive home”. Yes, my drive home, one day not too long ago, after work. My drive usually takes about 12 minutes give or take a few depending on traffic when I choose the freeway route. This day, though, I needed to run into the grocery on my way home. Storms approaching, do I run into the Wal-Mart near work hop on the freeway and be home. Or do I take the scenic route and run into the Kroger near my home. For whatever reason, I felt like the second option was better, even with storms on the horizon and the back roads take about 5 minutes longer.
Let me cut to the chase here and get to the point of all this. I made it to the store, grabbed what I needed in record time. Jumped in my car and as I turned the key to start the engine, it made a grinding sound, you know the one that says, “Hey owner of this vehicle something is way wrong and I am not going to start right now.”
And then, drop,drop, then the heavens opened up and the rain came down. Not just a sprinkle mind you, a deluge! I tried again to turn the key, nothing. Just… a tap on my window? What?
Yes a lady dressed in scrubs asked, “Do you need a jump?” “My husband and I are right here and as soon as the car next to us leaves we can move to that space and give you a jump.” I thanked her and said I have AAA and I can call my husband we live less than a mile away. She insisted on waiting, and jumped back in her car.
Meanwhile, the rain not stopping any time soon, I called my husband, he was happy to come get me. I jumped out ran to the ladies window, thanked her again and let her know my husband could come and get me. This amazing couple insisted on waiting to help me get my car started. Just then the car next to me pulled out, the lady (I keep calling her this because I think we exchanged names at some point under my umbrella, but it was raining so hard and we were soaking wet and laughing so hard, that if she told me her name, I didn’t catch it. Lesson for me, remember the names!) jumped out and we were both standing in that parking spot holding until her husband pulled around.
A few minutes later the cars were connected by the jumper cables and my little beetle was running! I offered to pay the couple or buy them dinner, they declined and her husband told me if that was his wife he wouldn’t want her to be alone in a storm with her car not running. I thanked them again, we all jumped into our cars sopping wet and went our separate ways.
This couple demonstrated Philippians 2:3-4 that day. They put other’s interests, needs above their own. It would have been so easy for them to see my car not starting and say, “Oh that is too bad for her”, and go on their merry way, making it home before the storms. But they didn’t. They stayed to lend a helping hand.
God calls us to humble ourselves and put others before ourselves. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us I am not always so good at this, and to be quite honest, I don’t know if I would have rendered help to a stranded motorist in a pour down. However, since that day, being the recipient of another’s good deed, it makes me more aware each day that I need to humble myself daily and look to others’ interests before mine.
We all have busy schedules and our own agendas, but if we all started following this simple command, can you imagine what stories might open the nightly news or the would be the headlines in our news papers? Stories of hope, not crime and corruption. Stories of love not hate.
Join me on a journey to be humble daily and to seek out the interests of others before my own, A journey to live more like Jesus. One of humility, love, kindness, and giving.
Have you been the recipient of an act of kindness where someone stepped out of themselves to help you out? Or were you the one that stepped out of your comfort zone and helped another? I’d love for you to share your story in the comments.
Wishing you dear friend a very blessed Easter! He is risen!