- It’s a stranger who has pity, who extends compassion.
- This stranger soothes our wounds.
- This stranger takes us to a place where we can mend.
What’s life about?
It’s about Jesus rescuing and healing us, isn’t it?
It’s about trusting the Good Samaritan, isn’t it?
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help from a Good Samaritan?
Good Samaritans are rare.
In fact, I read one article that made the point that people don’t (or won’t) help someone in need when they are:
- preoccupied with their life or
- if they are in a rush to get somewhere (http://explorable.com/helping-behavior).
Then too, currently, there is the fear of trusting that a Good Samaritan is a Good Samaritan because we perhaps wonder if a Good Samaritan is just pretending to be a Good Samaritan? Unfortunately, trusting a Good Samaritan can, at times, be scary. Another article explained this is because of a fear for personal safety or, fear of litigation (http://www.slaw.ca/2010/05/02/fear-of-assault-charges-dissuades-good-samaritans/).
Fortunately for me, I was rescued by a legitimate Good Samaritan. It happened as I was driving to work one winter morning between 4:30 and 5:00 in Minnesota. My car blew a freeze plug and quit running. I was able to coast to the side of the road. It was 20 degrees below zero. With a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero. I thought, “I’m dead!” Because who can survive this kind of cold? No-one.
This was when my Good Samaritan came along and stopped to help me. She was a farmer’s wife. She was awake and on the country road because her husband was in the barn milking cows. I know God sent her. I don’t remember her name, but I will forever be grateful the Lord had her show up for me.
My experience always makes me think of Jesus rescuing me from certain death. I had (would have) no chance of survival without Jesus’ intervention. There is no doubt in my mind this is true. This Good Samaritan can be trusted.
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