When was the last time you were in the right place at the right time?
I was driving recently when the rear brake lights of cars in front of me in three lanes came on suddenly. Vehicles slammed to a stop. Moments later I discovered the reason – a family of geese were crossing the road. As they exited our side of the road, cars began to accelerate and I continued my drive home.
A mile later I stopped at the red traffic light. I have learned to wait a moment when the light turns green, and look both ways before proceeding because other drivers are not as cautious.
As I started through the intersection, I saw a man trying to cross three lanes of traffic from the middle turn lane with bags of something (groceries, maybe?) in both arms. He was watching cars in the first two lanes coming his way as he navigated his way toward my third lane. But he didn’t see me and if I was not paying attention, he would have walked directly into the path of my car.
Thank God I had recognized the dangerous situation he was causing and stopped before he and I collided. I did not blow my horn, because I didn’t want to startle him. When he turned and saw how close my car was to him, his eyes widened with shock and recognition.
I peered through the windshield and mouthed the words I was thinking. “You don’t know how lucky you are, my friend, that I was driving and paying attention. Another driver might not have slowed down, seen what was happening, and run you over.” He appeared shaken and embarrassed, waved, and crossed my lane to the sidewalk. And I began to drive on, glad I had been paying attention and averted an accident.
Read Luke 10:25-37.
Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan who came along one day at the right time. A priest and Levite had ignored the bruised and broken person and kept on their way. But the Samaritan stopped and helped, which Jesus pointed out, is true compassion for a fellow human being.
How often have you been just the right person to come along? How many times have you happened to notice someone who needed assistance in the way no one else could? Maybe you noticed a student on the floor of your dorm appearing emotionally distraught. You stopped to ask if they were ok and if there was anything you could do? She paused and said she just did poorly on an exam and was so disappointed in herself. But listening to her helped her decompress.
Or you heard about your Chi Alpha chapter’s plans to start volunteering at the local homeless shelter and you volunteered that evening. Or you went out with fellow Chi Alpha students in your small group to do 2×2 contact evangelism on campus. During several encounters, you realized how far students actually were from God. It finally dawned on you that God could use you to get His message of forgiveness and freedom to others.
Are you praying that God will use you in His Kingdom expansion efforts? What changes do you need to make in order to be available that way all the time for God? Walk wisely. Maybe only you can be the right person to come along. God has deeds for only you to accomplish.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz