An unexpected storm.
Week 2: The Impossible
One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.
“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
At some point in life, we are all going to be struck by an unexpected storm. It could be the loss of a job. The unexpected death of a loved one. A rebellious child. A health issue. A struggling relationship, or other kinds of challenging and painful events.
When the storm hits, it’s tempting to turn inward and become isolated. But God wants to use you to help others, even when you’re going through a difficult time. God wants us to be the friend we wish we had.
Who can you turn to when a storm hits, and who can turn to you in their storm? Consider today the people in your life who might need you to hold them up. Even if you’re facing your own storm today, reach out to someone who could use a friend. You never know how God could use you!
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