As we just started the Heroes & Champions Series at church, I wanted to share how God gave us an incredible opportunity to be ordinary ‘heroes’ to a local woman recently.
Ron and I (Ally), were on our scooter together heading home when we saw a woman in a tattered dress attempting to move her scooter out of a congested scooter lane. We stopped, Ron pulled her scooter up to the sidewalk and I took our scooter two blocks to get our awesome scooter fix-it guy to come help.
It turns out her skirt had gotten caught in the tire and stopped her dead in her tracks. Her knees where badly injured from her fall (luckily no one hit her when she fell!) and she was badly shaken.
Ron pulled most of the pieces of her skirt out of the tire and, after showing the Scooter-fix-it-guy where they were, I ran to the market to get some water and band aids to clean her up as we waited.
She was so thankful and just kept saying, “If you hadn’t stopped, I don’t know what I would have done. I don’t know what I would have done.” Apparently she had been there over ten minutes before we stopped—everyone else had just passed her by.
After chatting for a bit, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to tell her exactly why we did stop to help. I gathered the courage and told her that we believe in Jesus, and part of that means that when people need help and it’s within our power to do so we should help. She just nodded her head and said, “No wonder you stopped!”
As we all know, God works in mysterious ways and this is no exception. As we talked more I learned that she lives in our compound, just a few buildings away! As we were parting ways, I told her she was always welcome to drop by our place. Our prayer is that God will use her accident and our helpful hands to open her heart to all the possibilities that belief in Christ brings.