Jay's eDevotionals  

Feb 19

A Good Samaritan in the Storm

A few weeks ago, the polar vortex invaded the South and sent temperatures plunging. Precipitation froze into an icy blanket that transformed the roadways into a “bumper car arena.” The dangerous conditions brought out the best and the worst in people. For instance, Sarah Catherine Newman lives in Birmingham and the ICESTORMAGEDDEN turned her short commute home into an episode of “Ice Truckers.” After hours on the road, she had to abandon her car and started walking home. An older couple invited her to consider getting in their car and letting them become her Good Samaritan because they lived nearby. She prayed and agreed. They took this precious young stranger to their home and fed her a hot meal. They washed her clothes and provided excellent overnight lodging. Sarah Catherine made a warm new friendship because of the icy hardship.
 
In contrast, Lewis Mitchell, Jr. transformed Atlanta’s icy difficulty into a larceny opportunity. Lewis and a pal stole a tow truck and began stealing abandoned cars. Atlanta police Sergeant Greg Lyon said that Lewis and his accomplice were apprehended as they were attempting to steal their fourth Toyota Camry.
 
The storms of life will create heroes and villains.
 
Jesus told the story of a man caught in a storm on the Jericho Road. The traveler was attacked, beaten, and robbed by people with the mentality of Lewis Mitchell, Jr. However, God’s hero arrived in the form of an unlikely champion from the lowly-esteemed community of Samaria. The Good Samaritan compassionately cared for a stranger who could give nothing in return. He bandaged the broken brother and generously provided for his recovery.
 
The thief and the Good Samaritan represent two opposing worldviews. The thief proclaims, “What is yours is mine and I’ll take it.” The Good Samaritan humbly offers, “What is mine is yours and I’ll give it.”
 
As you travel the stormy roads of life, refuse to be a selfish taker but choose to serve as a Christ-like giver!

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