The Kindness of Strangers

We were tired.  Disney.  Great lines to wait in.  Delicious fast food.  Pushing a stroller against the stream.

My kids loved it.  

When it was time for the two princesses in the family to get their Splash Mountain on, the boys and I headed out of the park for a well deserved play date with a Lightning McQueen bed.

We were standing on the bus.  I was holding 1 diaper bag, 1 camera case, 300 pounds of rocks and bowling balls, and a two year old kangaroo that “needed” to destroy my glasses (Daniel).  This left Joshua to fend for himself.

He was standing and talking in the aisle.  Then he was sitting down in the aisle next to a cute 10 year old girl.  (That’s my boy!!). So I turned my attention to the kangaroo.

“Would you like me to catch him?”  The lady sitting in a seat asked me as she pointed to Joshua’s head bobbing up and down in a showdown with exhaustion.

I nudged him.  No response.  Called his name.  More bobbing.  Gave him a thermos of grocery store coffee…  Nothing was getting through to this kid.

I was helpless.  (A father cannot say that without ripping out his own heart.)

Then, I was rescued.

The 10 year old put her arms around him and let him lean on her shoulders.  The ladies in the seats held their hands as a pillow for his head.  The guy in charge of the wheelchair ramp offered a spare wheelchair if we wanted to cart Joshua into the hotel.  I didn’t ask for any of this, I didn’t earn it, but these strangers offered it all.

Life rushed back into me as I stood speechless and grateful for the kindness of strangers.

In the end, Joshua woke up as we arrived at the hotel.  
Helpless.   

Maybe you have felt it too.  The weight of need.  The hunger for help.  Nowhere to turn.  Emotionally bankrupt.  Exhaustion is winning the fight.  You need a bus full of heroes.

Rescued.

What these strangers did for my son is what the Son of God did for my soul.  I was so tired, so broken, so in need.  But Jesus was on the bus.  Hear His invitation in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

I don’t think you deserve it.  I know I don’t.  We cannot earn it, and you might not even ask for it, but…  It might be time for you to rest in His arms today.

Join me on the bus full of the rescued today.  Ask me how.


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