I want to share some more insight into my encounter last night with the vanishing man in need of some gas.
A few months ago a man came up to me that was dressed in a suit. He said that he was riding a moped from Naples to Port Charlotte from a job interview and he wrecked his moped, bending the front wheel. He said that all of the money he had was going into fixing the moped and he wanted some help so that he could get some food and/or possibly a place to say. Essentially, I told him that I couldn’t help him and went on my way.
A few weeks after this a nicely dressed man with a nice car came up to me and said his car broke down and he left his wallet at home. He wanted to know if I could help get him some food. He said his wife was driving down from Tampa, but it was going to take her a few hours to get there. I basically told him the same thing as the previous man. “Sorry, I can’t help.”
In both of these cases I could have helped. I could have bought them food or gave them some money. But I chose not to, primarily because it would have been inconvenient. It didn’t fit into my plans for the day.
So last night when this man with a Ford 300 came up to me one of my first thoughts was: “This is the third time this has happened in the last few months. I need to help this guy.”
So I think God has been trying to get me to help someone for a few months, to break me out of looking at my life, and to focus me on helping someone else. I am not sure what other lessons I may have, other than we truly need to help others when they need help. We may not trust them, we may think they are scamming us. But what if we were in their shoes and needed some help? The weight is on their shoulders if they are committing a scam. But the weight is on our shoulders on how we respond to those in need. So when we can we should help those in need, not simply focus on how it could inconvenience us.