The Jewel of a Giving Heart
"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14, NIV).
On that steamy summer day, the car trip was too long, the children too crowded in the back seat and our air-conditioner broken. Even the wind whipping in our open windows felt hot and stale. We were all in a foul mood by the time the car overheated.
Dan turned off the road into a large service area. It consisted of several bays, all empty but one, where a young woman stood beside her car with its hood up. She watched us as we drove through the lot and pulled in beside her. In retrospect, it seems strange that we would come so close. However, we seemed drawn to her.
When Dan got out of the car, he noticed that there was no mechanic or attendant in sight—only the woman who approached to inquire about our situation and needs.
The kindness on her face was unlike any I'd ever seen. It was more than an expression. It was a caring warmth at her very essence. She made me feel safe. Have you ever encountered anyone like that?
She gave Dan a container of antifreeze, exactly what we needed. Along with some water, he poured it into the radiator and off we went.
A few miles up the road, Dan gasped.
"Oh no! That woman who helped us looked like she was having car problems of her own, but we never asked her about them."
My mouth popped open. How could we have been so thoughtless?
Discussing what had happened, Dan and I realized that even our helper did not appear concerned about her plight. She was preoccupied only with ours. When we drove into the service area, she seemed to be expecting us. She was ready with what we needed. Then there was her otherworldly kindness. Could she have been an angel?
PEARL TO PONDER: Can you recall a kind stranger who helped you make it through a rough spot?
LOVE NUGGET: God sends angels to those He loves and God loves you.