Monday, December 7, 2009

The Brick

I received this story in an e-mail. Thought it was worth sharing:

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 thrown.

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 a linen 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 to listen or not.

Thought for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Read this line very slowly and let it sink in...

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Jenni

3 comments:

Kerri said...

Hi Jenni,
This is a very cool message--"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it." Well phrased, and thanks for sharing :). I've been reading your blog for awhile now, and I'm not sure if I've ever commented or not.
Very cool that you posted this today, as I just watched this video earlier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrarTIsT24s

These are the lyrics to the song:

Hope is getting through this night
And life is not dying in this fight
Begging You to deliver me
Confused why You won't take this pain from me

My steps never felt so hard
The end never looked so far
But if You won't take me out
Then please take me through this

Stay with me so I won't leave
And make me see that this is not forever
'Cause all I need is Your love pulling me

What is the reason for this night?
Is hope found in moments with no light?
Does strength grow in our greatest fears?
God, I pray something good will come from this pain

My steps never felt so hard
The end never looked so far
But if You won't take me out
Then please take me through this

Stay with me so I won't leave
And make me see that this is not forever
'Cause all I need is Your love pulling me

With You here I know I don't go alone
I am Yours and so through the fire I go

My steps never felt so hard
The end never looked so far
But if You won't take me out
Then please take me through this

Stay with me so I won't leave
And make me see that this is not forever

Stay with me so I won't leave
And make me see that this is not forever
'Cause all I need is Your love pulling me
--This Is Not Forever (Stay With Me), BarlowGirl


Definitely no coincidence that I read this post and heard Alyssa's message on the same day! (Actually, I don't believe in coincidence :)--I believe in reason!)

--Kerri

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