The old man sat on the train with his son who was 25 years old. The train was ready to leave and all the passengers were now settling down in their seats.
As the train started up the young man was filled with a lot of joy and curiosity. He was sitting on the window side, with one hand out feeling the cool crisp air. Quickly he shouted, "Papa, see all the trees are moving fast behind us!" The old man smiled and admired his son's feelings.
Beside the young man and his father was a couple, sitting and listening to all the conversation between father and son. They felt a little awkward toward the son and his childlike attitude.
Suddenly the young man again shouted to his father, "Papa see the pond and the animals and the clouds are moving with our train!!" The couple was watching the young man with embarrassment.
As droplets of water began to touch the young man's hand he once again shouted, "Papa, it's raining, water is touching me, see papa?" The bewildered couple couldn't help themselves any longer and said to the old man, "Why don't you visit the doctor and get your son treated.
The old man paused, then he smiled, and he answered, "We are coming from the hospital, where my son got new eyes. Now, for the first time in his life, he can see!"
It is easy to misunderstand a situation, especially if it doesn't make sense to us. It is not everyday you see a 25 year old man, so excited about his surroundings. Still, we should never draw conclusions, until we know all the facts!
We have all heard the saying, "Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he'll be a mile away, and barefoot."
When we don't understand something we need to be patient and careful about what we say or do. How many of us have been crushed under wicked words, thoughts or ways?
Our Lord loves justice and He loves when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives on a daily basis. As we seek to do His will, we can be confident that He will help us to turn from our own evil ways and do good to those around us.
Kindness is a road less traveled these days, but that doesn't mean we can't change our direction! Look for the good in people... all you need is a plan, a road map and the courage to get to your destination!