Saturday, February 11, 2012

My Good Samaritans

So, I had a little episode in the metro the other day.... let's just say I wasn't really ready to be taking public transportation again after being sick.

Cut to the passersby stopping to see if I was okay. There was a nicely dressed middle-aged woman, and a couple of homeless (!) guys (or druggies or whatever...sorry to be overgeneralizing, but just the kind of person you would normally see passed out or stumbling along).

We found a place to sit down and I lost a little of my breakfast and I thought, God sent me the perfect helpers: a mother, with a nurturing spirit, and two young men who are not freaked out at all by this type of thing. Strange, but true.

I had left for work that morning with a great sense of peace that God was watching over me.

Once the two guys saw I was going to be okay, they said goodbye. "Here's your stuff," said one of them. I hadn't even realized that I had handed over my belongings to a total stranger.

The lady gave me a sweet Clementine to eat, so juicy and refreshing. Then we walked down the stairs and went our separate ways.

I'm humbled every time I think back to how they stopped and helped me. How many times have I walked right by someone in need? How many times have I turned away for someone who looked dirty or disheveled? But they didn't pass ME by.


3 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and inspiring story. In honor of it, I'll try to keep that idea at the top of my mind - reaching out.

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  2. I'll always be grateful that you were with me that day on the crowded bus from Kolpino when I was terribly sick. We got off on another stop and I barely made it to the restroom. You were with me that day and I'm very thankful.

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  3. It could happen to anyone! Sometimes it's good to feel vulnerable and be at the mercy of others. I probably could have done a better job taking care of you, though.

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