Pull a U-turn (Gift cards #17-19)

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
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Trip End Dec 31, 2010


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

En route from Gray to Presque Isle (yes, way up in practically Canada again), we stopped in Bangor for gas and to change drivers.

It was not an easy-on easy-off exit that we took. And we knew this. We had done this same thing last time we came through Bangor. At first, I didn't know why we took it again. Maybe because I enjoy seeing a plethora of amenities like Michael's, Best Buy and Barnes and Noble. Maybe because it was familiar, and with this life, anything familiar is a little dash of warmth of the soul, however inconvenient it may be. But no. I'd like to think that this is why we took this exit: Like I said, since it wasn't and on-and-off exit, we had to drive around the Mall of Bangor to get back on the highway. As we were doing so, we passed a man holding a cardboard sign at a major intersection.
Kelsey proceeded through the intersection, and immediately pulled into a driveway.

"Where are you going?"
"There's a man with a cardboard sign. I want to see what it says and if we can help."

We pulled up to see that his sign read. "House burned down. Lost everything. Please help."

Kelsey opened the window and extended three Walmart cards. "Hey friend, each of these is a $10 gift card. Hope they can help."

The pick-up truck behind us felt very inconvenienced at our pulling up to the man on the median, and revved his engine and spun his tires to speed around us.

"You want some water or anything? You thirsty?"
"No, thanks though. I think I'd freeze out here if I had water."
"Alright, well Merry Christmas then."
"Thank you! Merry Christmas to you. God bless." And on we went.

Meanwhile, I'd been scrambling to find where we kept our tracts.
"Not doing much good if we can't find them..."
There they were. In Kelsey's purse.
Kelsey turned around and approached the man again.
"Hey! Just one more thing. I don't know if you know Christ as your Savior or not..."
"Yeah, sure."
"But I just wanted to give you some information."
"Thank you."
"You can pass it along to someone else if you want."
"Great, thanks."

And we were off.

Don't be afraid to go out of your way to help someone. Sometimes it's inconvenient. You may have to backtrack. "Well I already passed the opportunity. I missed the chance" isn't a good enough excuse. Jesus himself often went out of his way when there was an opportunity to minister. He didn't always just wait for people to come to him (and he was worth coming to. We're not such big a deal). Really after all was said and done, we probably spent an extra five, maybe six minutes turning around in traffic to find the guy at the corner. It would have been easy, and perhaps even understandable, to have passed through the intersection and never turned back. "Well God didn't turn the light red for me. Guess that guy wasn't the one to talk to." Nonsense. I'd hate to have to come up with an excuse if God were to ask my why I didn't reach out to that person who needed my help.
"Uh... he was on the other side of the intersection...?"
"And...?"

Pull a U-turn (legally, of course). It may be what allows someone to pull a U-turn in their own life.
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