VEDA (Video every day for the month of August) is winding down, only a couple of days left so thanks for hanging in there with me.
Hard not to be thinking about Hurricane Harvey. I have to admit I’ve never gone through anything close to what they are going through so I can’t imagine how it feels. I know for a few days I was worried about flooding and knowing I didn’t have flood insurance I have to admit it was nerve wracking. But I never even got to the point of seeing the water rising up. Simply the anticipation of 4-5 more days of rain got me spooked.
I’m thankful to say that we (austin and surrounding areas) largely lucked out and the band of rains dissipated before getting this far west. But it made me think about the people who weren’t so lucky. What’s going to happen to them?
The story of the Good Samaritan came to mind. Now I’ve heard the term ‘Good Samaritan’ before and knew it meant someone that does a good deed for a stranger, but till my first pass in the Bible back in the Spring I never really knew much about the story. I knew the basics but I didn’t know who the Samarians were and why having a Samarian being the one to act the part of the good neighbor made the story have more meaning. You see the Samarians were despised by the Jews. They were seen as lower than dirt. Yet when a stranger was in need the so called ‘good people’, the priest and the Levite, both ignored the injured man. It took a stranger with a good heart to rescue the man.
It this time of great suffering in Texas and around the world, we all need to remember the story and remember Jesus’ direction, that we all ‘Love our neighbors as ourselves’. Easier to say than it is to do so we need to be reminded once in awhile and thank our lucky stars that right now we aren’t the ones needing the help.