I was barreling home on Dean Road when I noticed two cars stopped in the middle of the street. Drivers and passengers were getting out of their cars and people were coming onto the road from the sidewalks. What was going on? This was messing up my day, I had some place to be. Was there an accident? Was somebody hurt in the middle of the road? It didn’t look like it what are these people doing?
It was only a matter of seconds and I discovered the problem. There is a small dog that I had run out into the street. He was playing a game of catch me, eluding everyone who tried. People were on all sides of him trying to keep the dog from running into oncoming traffic. There were about 10 people in the street and after three or four minutes the dog was safe on the side of the road.
As I finished my ride home, I thought all of that for a dog in danger. People stop their daily routine in the middle of the road to protect a dog.
I could not help but think about people I know that are in danger. Danger because of decisions that they are making. Danger because they don’t know that they’re running into “oncoming traffic “. I wonder if I stop in the middle of “the road of life” to lend a hand, to encourage folks to a safe place. No one was worried about offending the dog. No one was worried about whether what they did or said might hurt the dog’s feelings. All they cared about was protecting the dog and that was worth their time energy and a major Interruption to their day. (and everyone else’s for that matter)
In Matthew 18 Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep. In verse 12 we read, ”what do you think? If a man has 100 sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the 99 on the mountains and go look for the one that has gone astray?” Jesus cares about the lost, confused, the marginalized and he wants us to also. Is taking time to help someone an interruption to our day? Or do the plans we hold often Keep us from seeing God’s plan for the day?
I believe if we live with our eyes wide open you, we will see people all around us needing help getting “off the road”. They are desperate to find a safe place of love and encouragement.
As you barrel down the road of this new day, I wanted to encourage you to stop and think about someone that needs encouragement this morning. Shoot them a quick text. Thank God for them. Encourage them to safety.
Have a fantastic day. I’m praying for you. I look forward to talking to you tomorrow.