Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hands Steadying Burdens

Scored on garbage morning! I was on a run and had stopped briefly to chat with a dog walking friend, Roxanne. While chatting, I noticed someone had put an angel birdbath on the curb for garbage pickup. The angel was cement but had mosaic inlaid glass for the wings, and old, chipped but still beautiful painted leaf and birdbath.

"Do you think they are throwing this beautiful angel out?" I exclaimed.
"I think they are," said Roxanne.
"Oh, I want it!" I said.
"I think you could drive back and get it," she agreed, "It seems sacrilegious somehow to throw out an angel."

I went on with my run, and forgot about the angel.

When I reached home, and was about to go inside, a car pulled up into the driveway and honked. Out stepped Roxanne, with the angel. She had spoken to the owner of the home, ascertained I could have the angel, and cleaned it up and brought it to me.

Delighted, I took the little angel and put her in my garden, by my front steps. As I stood looking at her, I thought I might just name her, "Roxanne."
She has already been a blessing, this angel, reminding me of how unexpected, random acts of kindness bring hope and joy. I think everyone bears secret, unwieldy burdens that threaten to topple their world at times. An act of unexpected kindness is like a hand from heaven steadying the load over the ruts and brambles of life. One of the proofs of God is the sweetness of those who walk with Him who remember to offer a hand to those who are stumbling.

The desires of good people lead straight to the best, but wicked ambition ends in angry frustration. The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. (Proverbs 11:23-25 MSG)

-save a dog-

No comments:

Post a Comment