I could not simply place this God-sized story in the comments section of the day 1 post for you to miss, because I want to share how faithful the Lord is in answering a very simple prayer. Before I left for classes at the local community college this morning, Andy and I prayed for God to give us ways to show our definition of compassion today.
Later in the morning, when I transferred from one city bus to another, I encountered a driver who was extremely rude and disrespectful to another passenger. After further discussion with this passenger, I learned that she is new in town and this explained her being unfamiliar with how the public transportation system works. In short, she needed money to get back home later in the day and was not aware she needed exact change. Before my conversation with this passenger, I had previously tried to help her locate her destination and encountered the unkind words of the driver in return for my efforts. I sat in my seat, feeling frustrated and sad for this other young woman, and the Lord prompted me to check my wallet.
While I carry quarters with me at all times for bus money, 50 cents will get me nowhere. Unless they equal 75 cents or more, those quarters are essentially useless to me. To this other passenger however, who was lacking the needed 50 cents, those quarters would be priceless. When I checked my wallet at the Lord’s prompting, I found a mere 50 cents. By blessing this newcomer with what I otherwise might have seen as a meager gift, the Lord allowed me to show compassion to someone today. If I had not had my eyes open to the Lord’s leading, I might have missed such a beautiful encounter.
Do you want to encounter compassion? Starting right where you are, you can envelop the globe with God’s love. It is not too late to join us in our 31 Days of Compassion!