Something 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 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, when the light changed she sped off and was too far ahead of me to see her again.
I felt terrible, I had judged this poor woman so harshly, not out loud, but I knew what I had thought.
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.” I began to pray in the Spirit because I didn’t know what she needed. She was headed in the direction of Cobb Wellstar, 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.”
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!