One day, there was a pedestrian walking on the side of the road minding his own business. He was listening to music on his phone and wore earphones. He was unaware of the reckless driver coming his way, speeding hundred kilometers per hour in a sixty zone. The driver didn’t see the speed bump ahead and tried to avoid it by driving with one wheel on the pavement. But he didn’t see the pedestrian on the side of the road and hit him so hard that his leg was almost torn off. The driver drove away and didn’t look back to see if the man was hurt.
The pedestrian was hurt badly. He almost lost his leg and was bleeding to death. He couldn’t move because of the pain.
Along came a good guy. He saw the pedestrian and thought he would stop and help. The good guy is a dedicated Christian and thought he would serve him with prayer … While the pedestrian was still bleeding, the man knelt down and started to minister: ‘Good day, my friend! How are you today? Do you know Jesus Christ? You know Jesus can heal you from all your pain right this moment.’ (For the record: I know Jesus heals all kinds of illness and pain, but bear with me till the end of the story). The good guy continues: ‘I’m going to pray for you and I want you to pray with me in your thoughts.’ First, he led him in a repentance prayer and then prayed for healing. After his prayer he said: ‘I’m a member of the church just around the corner and we have a healing service this coming Sunday. It would be great if you can come. Here is a card with my number on it. You’re welcome to call me any time for prayer or just a chat. Brother, I’m going to leave you now. I have somewhere to be and I can see you are tired of all the pain and bleeding, so I’ll leave and you can get some rest. God bless.’ And so the man drove away, feeling pleased with his ministry.
Along drove another good guy, also a Christian. When he saw the pedestrian, he hit the brakes and left tyre marks on the road as he stopped and parked his car on the pavement. He hit the hazard light switch, jumped out of the car and ran towards the pedestrian. Without a second thought, he tore his shirt in two to bind it around the leg to try to stop the bleeding. He immediately called 911 and gave the status of the man’s condition and the location where he was. He looked for the man’s cell phone and called the first person whose name was last on the log. He kept talking to him, trying to find out what happened and trying to keep the man from passing out. When the ambulance arrived, they could help the pedestrian further and his family was informed.
Which of the two good men gave the best help? Without a doubt it was the second one, because he helped the pedestrian in every possible way he could.
Countless times, this happened to me when I was going through difficult times in my health. I would ask for help and people would send me an sms or a quick call with a prayer and say: God loves you and He will heal you … I know that, but prayer wasn’t the primary need at that moment. Some people also liked to diagnose my situation, came to their own conclusion and prescribed the treatment they thought was needed and treated me according to it, without asking what was really needed.
When I go through a difficult time, what I need is someone who cares to ask: ‘Is there anything that I can do for you? I’m here if you want to talk (even if they have no knowledge about my situation) or just a phone call to ask me how I’m doing without giving any solutions, offer their care and ask in which way they could help me.
I want to encourage you that when you desperately want to help someone, search for their primary need and do all you can to help; that will make all the difference in their life!
By Deon Labuschagne
Vista Happiness HELPS Ambassador