She was cursing the air like it was refusing to let her breathe–stomping, throwing things, shaking her fist–the personification of frustration.
As G-Pop returned from a grocery shopping trip, he slowly parked his van in a space next to a young woman who was in a hurry to go nowhere. She had obviously hit her wall and was determined to hit it again and again, to prove the depth of her anguish.
It was a little frightening.
It was like a scene you watch in a movie and take in stride, but when you feel the vehemence ricocheting through the air, it is much different.
So out of respect to her eruption–and a little afraid to step into the emotional lava surrounding her–G-Pop sat quietly in his car, giving her space.
At length she disappeared back into her motel room to procure more of her personal effects. G-Pop took that moment to go into his own room.
Then it occurred to him–a prompting. The real reason to have the Spirit speaking within. After all, there are always two choices:
- You can shut the door to your room and pretend there’s no pain.
- Or you can open the door and risk becoming part of the pain of another human being.
G-Pop asked Jan to go out and find out what was wrong–if there was anything the girl needed.
Jan was back in a brief moment, explaining that our friend had her money stolen and they were kicking her out of the motel because she didn’t have finance.
I suppose G-Pop could have spent five or ten minutes trying to figure out if she was lying, or he could have offered a prayer on her behalf. But the best feeling in the world is to know that you did something, even if the critics around you insist it means nothing.
G-Pop looked into his wallet. He had an abundance of one dollar bills left over from the week’s endeavors. He didn’t count them–just grabbed them and gave them to Jan to take out to the damsel in distress.
After a brief delay Jan reappeared, grinning ear to ear, saying that the young woman was moved to tears and they had hugged it out.
Did it make a difference?
Much more than whether G-Pop voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Much more than an aggravated post on Facebook.
Much more than a silent request during prayer time the following Sunday at church.
We are living in uncertain times so it is important to make sure what is certain:
- Love your neighbor.
- Take responsibility for your life
- Be of good cheer.
And G-Pop would note: when you see something that needs to be done, do the part that is within your means.
Published by Jonathan Cring