Luke 10:25:37 (Entire Story)
About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit to fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE which was only two months old.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out but a brick sailed out and -WHUMP! It smashed into the Jag's shiny black side door!
SCREECH...!!!! Josh slammed on the brakes immediately -- gears ground into reverse and tires madly spun the Jag back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown.
Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car. He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what did you think you were doing?"
His anger building, his face red and steaming he went on, "That's my new Jag that you threw the brick at. This is going to cost your parents a lot of money. Why in the world did you throw it?"
The boy looked rather small to Josh at this point and his voice quivered as he pleaded, "Please mister, please... I'm so sorry! I didn't know what else to do! I threw the brick because no one would stop to help when I waved my hands at their cars."
Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car. "It's my brother, sir." he said, "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing the little boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's to heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow rapidly the lump building in his throat. Then he bent down and lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his hanker-chief to wipe not only the brothers tears, but his scrapes and cuts as well.
He then check to see if any bones might be broken. He also checked to make sure the old wheelchair would still work. And then he watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.
To Josh it seemed like such a long walk back to the sleek, black and shining Jaguar. And Josh never did fix the side door of his Jag. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention.
So what do we do when we see someone in need? What does it take for someone to get our attention because they need help? The story is far from being something new, Jesus reminds us of that in Luke 10:25:37.
Some bricks are softer than others, so we must take a moment and feel for the bricks of life coming at us. In the hustle, bustle and speed of life today -- we have to be sure of who is around us that might need a hand. Not to mention the joys at moments we might be miss for lack of helping.
I realize we have to be careful in this day and age -- and we must use wisdom when approaching strangers. However, the very least we can do is to call 911 when we see a situation where someone is in need of help!
Our walk with Christ requires us to be like the "Good Samaritan!" We must be alert to those around us and we must be willing to lend a helping hand.