Who is my neighbor?

Photo 155Something happened recently that comes to mind and haunts me when I least expect it. I can hardly write about it even now without wanting to cry. I had some early morning work to do so I headed to the church early and was driving West on the EW at speed limit when Looking in my rear view mirror I saw a car rushing up behind me and right before it hit my bumper it changed lanes, then swerved right back in front of me and straight over to the lane on my right and I was astonished at what an idiot this person was!  The light turned red and we were beside each other, I decided to sneak a peek at the idiot that was using the road as their personal autobahn! I looked to my right and this person had their head back and at first I thought she was c laughing hysterically, then her head fell forward to the steering wheel, and back up, mouth wide open, she was crying out loud. “OH GOD”, I rolled my window down and called “MAM, OH MAM CAN I HELP YOU?” She was crying out loud and her window was rolled up so she never heard me and  when the light changed she speeded off and was too far ahead of me to see her again.

I felt terrible, I had judged this poor woman so harshly, not to anyone out loud, but I knew what I had thought. There have been times that I came upon someone that was crying, or needed money to buy all the groceries they had on the counter, then there was the lady that said she would love me forever and then disappeared!

What do you do when you are totally helpless to do anything? Romans 8:28 “If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Knowing that scripture as I do, I began to pray in the Spirit because I didn’t know what she needed. She was headed in the direction of Cobb Wellstar, also the funeral home is just up the road, I will never know, but I know I prayed.

This is one of those times when praying for “solution” comes to mind! When a religious scholar asked Jesus a question about “who” his neighbor was, Jesus told the story of a man who had been beaten, left in a ditch to die, and passed by unnoticed by a Priest and a Levite. Samaritans were not friendly with the Jews but…Luke 10:25-25 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ Jesus then advised the scholar to go and do likewise!

Matthew 5:43-47″ You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”

Ask God to make “divine appointments” for you every day, and pray that you will have the wisdom to recognize this appointment, and the knowledge of the right way to react, or help. Pray in the Spirit for what you don’t understand and pray for all the people who are crying “out loud” whether anyone can hear them or not for they are our neighbors!

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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4 Responses to Who is my neighbor?

  1. Fredy says:

    Thank you for this reminder to be more alert to those around us.

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  2. Roselee says:

    Can not believe what you encountered on your flight home. So happy the Lord was in charge and got you finally home safely. We never know what’s around the corner, but we are blessed because the Lord knows and His plans for us are for good and for our benefit.

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  3. Roselee says:

    What does it mean when your web site says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

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