(Romans 15:2 MSG) Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
I have a large tree in my front yard. In the fall the leaves of this tree turn yellow, orange and red. It is quite beautiful. Usually the leaves fall between the last two weeks of November the first few weeks of December giving me a nice period of time to pick them up. This year was different.
November was unseasonably cold this year leading to a surprise event. The colder weather prepares the leaves to break loose from the tree and fall to the earth more quickly. Sunday and Monday of this week, a strong northwestern wind presented itself. Within twenty-four hours, ninety present of those beautiful leaves fell to the ground. Four weeks of work turn into a one day experience. The good news, I was blessed with unanticipated help. As I faced my overwhelming task, three Good Samaritans passed by.
The first was a young man delivering a package to my neighbor. He stopped to verify the address, and I pointed him to the right house. On the way back to his truck, he stopped and offered to help me. He stayed long enough to load a large bag with leaves. I thanked him, and he replied that he used to pick up leaves with his grandfather. He smiled and said he enjoyed helping me.
It takes many weeks to dispose of so many leaves. I can only fill up one lawn waste can per week which would have taken me more than a month. Then the second Good Samaritan came by. I don’t know who this was, so they remain anonymous. When I went into the house for a coffee break, I left two large bags of leaves lying in the driveway. When I returned one of those bags was gone. I can only assume that a neighbor came by and took one home to put in his lawn waste can.
The third Good Samaritan was my neighbor from across the street. He noticed me laboring there in my front yard and offered his green can for me to fill. He probably would have stayed to help me fill it, but he had broken his wrist and it was covered with a large brace. Now getting rid of the leaves will happen in just a couple of weeks thanks to my neighbors.
Three people, out of the kindness of their hearts, made my arduous task less difficult and more enjoyable. Their acts of kindness blessed my heart. With their simple acts of kindness, they embodied our scripture from Romans.