A young and successful executive was traveling down a
neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for
kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw
something. As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed
on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been
The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the
nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What was that all
about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and
that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm
sorry but I didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because
no one else would stop..." With tears dripping down his face and off his chin,
the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.
"It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell
out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Now sobbing, the boy asked the
stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?
He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly
swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into
the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh
scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank
you and May God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up
for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair bound brother down
the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was
very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.
He kept the dent there to remind him of this message "Don't go
through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your
attention!" God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts.
Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a
brick at us. It's our choice!