Today's Devotional Thought
June 10, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
I received the following story in an email from a friend and I just had to share it today...
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?'
The young boy was apologetic. 'Please, mister....please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...' With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 'It's my brother,’ he said. 'He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.'
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. 'Thank you and may God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: 'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!' God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.
This story really hits home for me. You see, three years ago, God threw a brick at me. I was that young, successful executive driving through life in her Acura, with too many meetings, responsibilities, and deadlines to notice if God was speaking to me. And then, when I was pregnant with our third child, it was like God threw a brick at me and he got my attention. And he changed my life.
As I mentioned last week, we just celebrated Isabella’s third birthday and I have been reflecting on her story and her miracle all week. I have been reflecting on how my journey has changed in the last couple of years. In fact, just one year ago, I was a professor at Johns Hopkins, lived in Baltimore, and was surrounded by the American dream. And now, one year later, I no longer have my big career, I live in a very small town, and I spend my days with Jesus, my family, and my dear friends. I no longer rush from meeting to meeting barely noticing those around me who may need my help. Instead, I have time to notice the child who may have fallen out of his wheelchair and I have time to pick him up.
In our culture, it is so easy to get sucked into the fast paced, achievement oriented life focused on accomplishing the American dream. But friends, I can say with full confidence that I prefer my slower paced, people oriented life focused on accomplishing God’s dreams. And I know that it is the life that God intends for all of us: a life where we can listen to his dreams and plans for our life.
If you are racing through life, don’t wait until God throws a brick at you to start listening to him. Take time today to slow down and ask him who he wants you to notice today. Ask him what changes he may want you to make to accomplish all that he has for you. God has great things for you to do for him, don’t make him throw a brick at you to get you to do them.