I had gotten about a mile from the house when I received a phone call from my wife, who had earlier taken her father and mother to a doctor’s appointment. When she had attempted to crank the vehicle to return home, the battery was dead. With few other options, she called to tell me that it looked like I needed to come and jump her off.
I concurred, but quickly realized that my daughter and son-in-law lived just a few miles from where she then was. Recognizing that they could be there a full half-hour before I ever could, I quickly called my son-in-law and asked him if he would go over and jump her off. He readily obliged me, and quickly went and jumped her off.
Fast forward about five minutes… In what could only be considered a God-ordained irony, I had not walked a quarter of a mile further down the road before I came across a tractor-trailer truck sitting at a work site with its lights on. No one was around and the truck’s doors were locked.
Realizing that its battery was about to be drained, I “Googled” the name of the construction company emblazoned on the side of the truck and called the owners, telling them what I had observed. Needless to say, they were thankful. Before long, from about a half-mile beyond, I observed another company truck pull up and access the truck, shutting off its lights.
Having reflected on the entire matter, I will tell you that I am glad that it all unfolded exactly as it did. Most likely, I am not alone in this. I’m sure the construction company was happy was well. It saved them the purchase of a new battery.
More to the point, I am satisfied that my Heavenly Father was also pleased with this day’s events. For the Lord brought to my mind a passage in Holy Scripture from His famous “Sermon on the Mount” (in Matthew 7:12) when He said: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.”
As the day unfolded, what I would have given if someone would have simply tapped on my wife’s vehicle window and said, “I just wanted to let you know that your lights are on. You might want to turn them off so as not to run down your battery.” But this had not happened. And it was for this very reason that I had so quickly chosen to use my cell phone to call the owners of the truck.
At the end of the day, my wife and her parents got home safely. Tomorrow, I will go out and purchase a new battery; and in due time, the whole matter will likely be forgotten. But on a personal note, I myself will not soon forget this day. The Lord obviously wanted to use the events of this day to underscore for me as fundamental lesson from His Word.
As you may have now surmised, He succeeded quite well. And as a result, I have been reminded of the importance of living one’s life by “The Golden Rule”. I trust you have as well.
SCRIPTURE SOURCE: https://biblehub.com/matthew/7-12.htm.