December 20, 2013
God’s surprises with the goodness in the world
It was about 11:15 pm and I was doing my final check of the night on doors and making sure lights were off when I noticed headlights at the foot of the driveway outside the gate. It’s about 30 or 40 yards to where the car was sitting and in the dark I couldn’t make out who it was. Thoughts went through my head on it being a very late unannounced visitor. Perhaps it was a friend of of one of my daughters even though we had told them not to make late night visits when both girls had to get up early the next day for work. As I drew closer I could see the outline of a man in the headlights of the car holding something in his hands. For some reason in the dark I could also see a big smile on his face.
“Pizza delivery” he said with that big smile on his face. I recognized him as the man who had run out of gas in front of my home at about midnight a couple of nights before this. On that night I was also checking doors and lights before turning in for the night when I heard voices out in the road. I walked out there to see what it was and called out “does anyone out there need help?” A man had answered that he and his friend had run out of gas with their truck and they had tried calling another friend to come and help them “but he’s not answering his cellphone”.
I told them I would check my gas can back near my mower to see if I had anything in it and I’d be right back. I also grabbed the car and drove the little amount of gas I had in the can out to where they were. I figured if the one gallon I had left in the can wasn’t enough, I’d drive them to a gas station to get more. “Here, take everything in the can and see if it will get you started.” They were both very appreciative of my meager gift.
This man who I had helped now stood before me smiling. “I have two fresh made hot pizza’s and some bread sticks and here is a bag of candy. It’s a thank you for helping us out the other night.” It turns out that the man delivers pizza for one of the local pizza restaurants. He had just gotten off work. He apologized for it being so late. I had no problem with the hour and was greatly thankful for the generous gift.
God has a way of surprising us when we least expect it. There are good people in the world. I’m sure they each have interesting stories to share as well. Look for a way to be a blessing to someone today. Make them smile. It will make you feel good.