Reminders: Stranded on the Side of the Road

Reminders: Stranded on the Side of the Road

by Ardith Hoff

Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road with a car problem?  I have had that experience more than once.  One incident happened several years ago, before we had cell phones, but I have no doubt that if it happened under similar conditions today, the response would be similar. 

My husband and I were on a back road far from home, with not much traffic on the road, when our car suddenly quit.  There were no houses in sight, just cornfields and woodlands.  We had no idea what we were going to do, but my husband got out to have a look at the engine.

While my husband had his head under the hood, two strangers came by.  They each stopped to see if we needed help.  The first driver offered to call a tow truck, but my husband declined, hoping he could fix the problem.  By the time the second pickup stopped, he had figured out that our battery was not charging.  Fortunately, the second driver lived about two miles away.  That driver offered to go home and get a spare battery to lend us. 

He said he had something he had to do first, and that he would be back in about an hour with a battery.  While we waited, ten more strangers stopped and offered help.  We could just chalk it up to Midwest friendliness, but we’ve had similar experiences in Europe and again on the East Coast in this country. 

There seems to be a basic decency in ordinary men and women, and why wouldn’t there be?  God created us!  What He knew, that we sometimes forget, is that His creation was perfect.  He realized that a senescent and thinking being, in His own image, would need to have some say in their own lives.  He knew that we would need the freedom to decide for ourselves how we would behave. 

We don’t know why a small percentage of people decide to act contrary to God’s wishes, and for that matter against what most people agree is appropriate behavior.  We do know that when people turn to God, they can learn to behave better.  “…The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22