Neighbours In Disguise

 

Hearing a thump of a flat tire, I groaned inwardly.  I was taking two young nieces home after their summer visit and this would make the trip seem longer.  As I pulled off the highway, I prayed silently for help. It had been many years since I’d changed a tire, and never on this car, which had a kind of jack I had never used.

 Even before the trunk was unlocked, I realized the girls’ determination to see everything wouldn’t make it easy for me to keep them away from the highway traffic while I worked on the left side of the car. Before I could unload the trunk to get at the jack and spare tire, I had a more urgent concern. 

 Two huge motorcycles stopped behind us and their burly, bearded riders in leather jackets dismounted.  Everything I’d ever heard about the depravity of motorcycle gangs raced through my mind as they approached us.  Don’t show fear, I told myself.

 

 Need help, lady?”  The disarming approach — “Oh, no thanks.  I can do it.”  “Uh, well, you really should put your blinkers on. 

 The Highway Patrol is right fussy about that.” 

 When I turned attention to that, with a wary eye on the girls, the biker added a reminder to set the hand brake.  I hadn’t thought of that either.  Embarrassed and appalled by the possible consequences of forgetting vital safety measures, I attended to them in silence.

 By that time, one biker had the jack in place and the other was lifting out the spare tire.  Clearly they intended to change that tire whether I admitted needing help or not. 

 I decided to concentrate on keeping the girls away from the highway and the bikers — while they worked.

 That wheel, which hadn’t been removed since we owned the car, proved very difficult to take off.  Long before they succeeded in breaking it loose with sheer brawn, I knew all too clearly that I couldn’t have done it alone. 

 Suddenly I was ashamed of my first ungracious response to their offer of help.  With some embarrassment I realized my fear came from my long-standing suspicions about bikers.

 When the tools and damaged tire were stowed away, I shook hands with the men, thanked them and offered to pay for their help.  They waved aside the offer with boyish grins, climbed on their machines and roared away.

 Samaritans in disguise, I thought.  Then I remembered that the original “Good Samaritan” of Christ’s parable was from a group despised and mistrusted — probably even by the person he helped.  Suddenly I knew this beloved parable wasn’t only about caring, it was also about prejudice.

 I had just received a private lesson about pre-judging others, plus a reminder that even today the Lord may surprise us with the people He sends to meet a need.  Those bikers were Samaritans — neighbours in disguise.

A True Story By Florence Ferrier, from “A Double Dose of God’s Vitamin C for Spirit”

* So many Bikies take the time to show they care in very practical ways. They don’t ask or look for reward. We need to respect and Love them even though there are some who may cause harm, just as other people do, and most of these are not even into Bikes.

 We need to be there for people who are hurting, although we don’t have to like or agree with their wrong actions, and sometimes they will need to be warned, but we still Love and pray for their well being…..

 Remember Hurt people Hurt people or Hurt themselves, sometimes both.

 

 

About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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27 Responses to Neighbours In Disguise

  1. Rene Yoshi says:

    What a beautiful story! I am all misty-eyed now. Thank you so much for sharing the link. Blessings to you! ❤

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  2. katherine jane paradero says:

    God bless us all ♥

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  3. katherine jane paradero says:

    All glory to our Lord Jesus..
    God bless us all..

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  4. ansuyo says:

    Angels in disguise? It’s true that we can’t judge groups of people, for each is unique. Angie

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  5. A wonderful and inspirational story

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Thank you readinpleasure for your kind words I was blessed by the story too when I received it a few years ago and it brought a response from me too, it would be so good to be able to thank the Author but I don’t know who it was so instead I thank God all good things come from Him.

      Christian Love Anne

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  6. April says:

    Good story. My husband and I have been helped by these Good Samaritans more than once. We also have some dear friends who are avid bikes and have wonderful hearts. I know they would stop to help anyone in distress.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Thank you Shenine for the Reblog, you are a very compassionate and Loving woman of this we have no doubt, it is even evident from what you Reblog of others Posts, thank you for being you, a faithful servant and friend of The Lord.

      Christian Love Anne.

      P.S I hope you received my e-mail Shenine, I forgot to mention that I’m still collecting butterflies and have even found some more animation ones.

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  7. Anne, we all have done this. We must still be cautious but always asking God to give us discernment. There is a group of bikers here that look rough on the surface but have hearts of gold on the inside. They attend burials of soldiers that have lost their lives to war. It is a beautiful scenery to see them all lined up in a row on the highway.

    Shenine

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Shenine, yes it is True we should not pigon hole anyone, I believe that very few people deliberatly seek to hurt others including Bikies but sadly there are people that do this and yes as you shared Shenine we need God’s discerning but we remember that hurt people hurt people and so do some Bikies, so we need to walk in understanding and compassion, this does not mean we accept or agree with the evil they do, Jesus was not Clappy Happy on the Cross but He did say Father forgive them and that includes us, we seek to show Love even to our ememies, and leave the revenge to God, although it is not His will that anyone perishes but it is their choice, if they do not repent and turn from evil and choose to do good.

      Christion Love Anne.

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      • Amen Anne, regardles of our storms God is there to lean on. Be watchful as well as pray always comes to my heart ♥ So we must pray for the unbelievers to find our Savior who is ready to accept them. Pray for the believers that we are walking in the love of God.

        We must allow God to guide us daily. Amen. I enjoyed this post, it just sat with me.

        Shenine

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        • Freedomborn says:

          Hi again Shenine, I just Posted …A little Encouragement for the Day… when I saw the You Tube of the song I wanted to add to it, I thought of you, perhaps it will make your waiting seem just a little shorter.

          Christian Love Anne.

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  8. Ron says:

    How often do we have to learn the lessons of visual prejudice, Iv`e had to and felt so guilty afterwards, good that God doesnt look on our outsides, but in our hearts, gives us hope.

    blessings
    Ron

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Yes so True Love and as confirmed in the Scriptures, it is why we have to put our evil flesh natures to death by chooing the walk in the fruit of The Spirit by His empowering.

      God knows we sin but does not stop Loving us but wants us to reject evil and do good.

      Christian Love Anne.

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  9. T says:

    This is a great story. Many times I have found myself judging someone by their outward appearance only to find that they are a really great person. I have friends who are bikers and they dress the part, they look rough and tough but are wonderful sweet people who would do anything in a heartbeat to help someone. Thanks for sharing a wonderful message!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Thanks for sharing T we also have Christian Bikie friends, and they share the Hope we have in The Lord and do a lot to help others.

      I don’t believe it is sin to appreciate outward beauty, we see this in the Scriptures and we are created to enjoy God’s beauty in His creation but I think we have all at some time judged people negatively because of their outward flaws but true beauty comes from within such as, Love, kindness, respect and all the fruit of the Spirit and where they are there is no evil, this is why we should never pigeon hole people by our own agenda, it’s a fleshy weakness.

      Christian Love Anne.

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  10. A good illustration of how we should help others and how we should not judge others . . . and of how, when we pray, we should not tend to disregard answers to prayer because they don’t fit into our own plans or thoughts of how our prayer should be answered.

    Thanks Anne.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Angela, thanks for sharing and what you said sums it up very well and yes so True, when we pray it must be from the heart empowered by the Holy Spirit of Truth not from the flesh with our own agenda.

      Christian Love Anne.

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  11. isaiah43123 says:

    We learn something new everyday… never did I focus on the prejudice in this well known story.
    Keep the Faith!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Sis, as you know it’s all about Love and compassion which God has for us in abundance, yes we can indeed see others failings and of course we are not to ignore sin, if we Love them we will warn them they are in danger and not just be apathetic and look the other way but we will do so in Love and for Love knowing we too have greatly sinned,

      Thank you for popping in Sis and for sharing, not just on the Blogs but by e-mail too, and just so you know, I would never bag you, besides why would I, your not at all a toerag… Hmmmm you will have to look that one up!

      Christian Love Anne.

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