She was stuck as we made our way quickly through the isle, looking frantically for the cheapest band aids to cover yet another wound on Micah’s bleeding leg. Sitting in her wheelchair, she tried to get past us but couldn’t move. Backing the stroller up, I figured her problems would be solved. Then quickly dad stepped in, calmly stood behind her wheelchair and asked her in a friendly, reassuring manner where she needed to go. She immediately pointed to the honey and he helped get her there. There was no mistaking her gratitude.
He stood on the side walk, holding a paper cup, shaking it as if to make a point that he did not have many coins in it yet. One of the 7th Avenue regulars. As we passed, dad stopped for a moment and with his usual sense of humor, marked with obvious compassion, joked with the man, “You haven’t made it rich yet?” The man laughed and answered with a knowing smile, “Nope! Not yet!” I usually just pass the man by with out as much as a glance in his direction. I figure if I’m wise enough not to give him money then I’m better off having nothing to do with him unless the odd “Good Samaritan” instinct hits every blue moon and I offer to buy him something from the grocery store. I’m ashamed to say, that has not happened in many months now. Yet dad not only took note of the man but was immediately able to identify with him and his situation, brightening his face for a moment as a result since he perceived the man could use a good laugh. Perhaps humor really is the best medicine!
Just another day spent exploring the streets I have come to love and know like the back of my hand yet lessons were learned today and an example given that will keep me looking around more frequently for opportunities to serve as I do the routine and regular. Brooklyn is full of needy people. If I can only more actively pursue humility and compassion, then I will see them.
“To the weak, I have become weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I might share in its blessing.” ~1 Corinthians 9:22