My Inspiration: The Elderly Woman I Helped Cross The Road

"Hello beloved ones, today I am sharing with you yet another lesson God taught me from a recent event that happened . I hope that this blesses and encourages you on your journey."

One day, I was headed to the high street to do some grocery shopping but I decided that I was going to post a package to my mum first. On my way back from the post office, I stood at the traffic light with other pedestrians and we were waiting for our cue to cross to the other side of the road. I wanted to make a quick trip to Aldi where I usually get all my groceries for the week.

When the lights turned green, I walked as quickly as I possibly could to the other side so I could do my shopping and make it back to university in time. As I approached the other side of the road, I noticed an elderly lady standing and calling out to the people who were passing by next to her. 

She looked quite distressed but I had no idea what she was trying to say so I moved closer. I asked her what the problem was but it seemed to me like she wasn't able to speak English. She kept trying to get a hold of my hand so I held her hand as I was afraid she would loose her balance.

She took a few steps forward and pointed to the other side of the road saying a few words which I could not understand. Her gestures and body language helped me realise that she needed help crossing the road. It was a bit of a scene because the lights were about to turn red again for the pedestrians so the cars had to stop and wait for us to get to the other side. She wasn't a fast walker, bless her, but we walked steadily across the road and she held on very tightly to my arm as if her life depended on it.

I noticed there was a lot of staring from other pedestrians and glaring from some of the drivers. I started to wonder what those people were thinking in their minds. One moment, I was focused on just helping this woman and the next second, because I saw people staring, I started to ask myself what these people thought about me. When we got to the other side of the road, this woman was very grateful and I watched her walk away slowly before I crossed the road again to Aldi.

When I got back home, I just couldn't shake that event out of my head and the more I thought about it, the more I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. I had to ask myself why I had decided to help that woman in the first place. What was my motivation for helping her? Was I trying to do this so that people would praise me and think I am some hero (not that I did much to warrant that title)? Was I helping her so that I could make myself feel better for doing a random act of kindness? Or was I truly moved to help her because I love God and I know that Jesus would have done the same if He were in my shoes?

After thinking about it, I did realise that when I initially offered to help her, I wasn't doing it to please people or myself. I offered to help her because I felt a tugging in my heart to do so. I get this quite often and it's weird because when I resist that urge to help, I don't feel very peaceful for the rest of the day. I have already mentioned in a previous post that I have a soft spot for the elderly so I always look for opportunities to help in any little way I can. I could very have easily walked away like most people did but because I felt this urge in my spirit, I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and I helped her. 

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16

I realised that as we crossed the road to the other side, I forgot about the initial reason why I was doing this and I started thinking about what the people thought about what I was doing. Surely they must think I am nice? Or that I am a good person? Or perhaps they really do not care?, I had asked myself. However, this incident reminded me about the many many many verses in the Bible that warn us about trying to please men and not God.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Galatians 1:10

Jesus was all about helping the poor and needy and the Apostle Paul also mentioned in his letters to the churches about helping others in need. The truth is that as God's beloved ones and servants of Christ, we really should not be seeking glory from men. The only reason we serve God is so that He alone will be glorified. If we start doing things so that people will see and praise us then we will be getting everything wrong. Jesus never worked to please men. He was all about His Father's business and every thing He did was to bring glory to His Father. 

The Bible teaches that we can only get our true reward from God who sees everything and who will reward us for living our lives according to His will. I hope this encourages any one reading this that it doesn't matter where you are or what God has called you to do. We are all ambassadors of Christ and we have been called to witness His glory to the world. So in everything you do, no matter how small you think it is, always remember who you are serving and who you are working for. 

God is our sole purpose so always remember to look at Jesus. Look at Him again and again. Never put your trust in men or look to men for praise or glory. Give it all you have and remember that the your treasures are being laid up in heaven. 

Thank you so much for reading.
Have a lovey day.
God bless :)


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