|I had an interesting encounter on my way home tonight. As I approached one of the thousands of a red lights in Louisville I noticed that the car in front of me was being approached by a lady. I thought it rather odd that she walked out in the middle of the street to speak with the passenger. The conversation was brief and I knew I was next.|
As she approached my car I took a deep breath and rolled down my window. A thousand things went through my head as I thought about what she might ask, or worse, do. I have heard stories and I've watched too many episodes of the evening news. Well, the woman began to frantically explain that she had run out of gas and needed help. She was asking for a few bucks for gas. There was an older gentleman with a cane standing on the side of the road. She asked if "in the name of Jesus" I could help her. I asked a few questions like where her car was located and if she had a gas can (all while waiting for the light to turn green). She pointed to a neighboring lot and explained that she had nothing to transport the gas. She needed help.
I thought to myself, "I really do what to help this woman in the name of Jesus. What do I do?" If I can be honest, I've been somewhat skeptical in the past. I know there are many in our community who have legitimate needs and yet quite a few who know how to work the system...and the naive.
Though she asked for a few bucks I thought the wise thing to do would be to accompany her to gas station and pay for the gas myself. So I offered to do so. It was then that it happened. She looked at me like I had a third eye and then calmly turned around without saying a word and walked back to the corner. Thinking it was a rather odd way to end the conversation I asked her again if she would like me to accompany her to gas station and she murmured, "No, that's okay."
She had been caught.
This only adds to my delimma. I want to help hurting people in the name of Jesus and yet there are so many that ruin it for the rest. Here's my resolution. I'm not going to let people like the one I encountered tonight alter my desire to help the down and out. I'm going to try my best to handle each situation independently and ask God for "on the spot" wisdom and discernment.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Posted by Chad Doerr at 9:22 PM