24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24
Earlier today, I read about the devastating storms that rumbled through the Midwest leaving trails of destruction and loss of lives. Recovering from life-impacting events such as this can be difficult but with the help of the Lord and “Good Samaritans”, restoration can occur. It is often during these tragic events that we see goodness arise.
In the aftermath of these storms, I saw a video of a rescue that occurred in Texas. An SUV had been flipped upside down by floodwaters and rescuers came to help the person inside. As waters rushed all around and inside of the vehicle, brave souls ventured to the sides of the SUV to force open the doors and rescue the driver. Once they looked inside, they discovered a baby stuck in the back seat. The baby was not moving nor was the baby breathing. The rescuers worked frantically to free the limp baby and bring it to dry ground where they performed CPR. Initially, there was no response. In the video, you could hear someone in the background praying, “Jesus, let the child breathe!” After additional CPR, the baby responded and at the time of the writing of this blog, the baby was in the hospital in stable condition.
When I read about this event, I immediately thought about the scripture from Proverbs 18:24. I realized these “Good Samaritans” probably didn’t know the baby or the driver but they jumped into action anyway. They were people from various ethnic groups and probably different backgrounds. Yet, they still came together to rescue the people in need. They didn’t ask about political backgrounds, economics status or whether they went to church. At that moment, they came together to show their compassion by working together to help someone else. They were showing love through action. It is at these times that a “friend”, who is nearby, is closer and of more value than a brother that is far away.
As you know, we live in a time when people shout rather than talk, find fault rather than seek common ground, and take rather than give. We should remember that in times of despair, goodness often shines through the acts of a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Therefore, we should make it a point to be friendly to those near us regardless of their backgrounds. They could come to our rescue one day.
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