red lightLast week, Max and I traveled through the city of Rochester, NY, accompanied by his sister and brother-in-law.  The four of us were in deep conversation as we stopped for a red light.  All of a sudden, there was a knock on the driver’s side window.  We looked and saw a woman waiting for Max to roll down his window so that she could ask him for money.

Can I just tell you how excited Max and I were as he rolled down the window to start our short conversation with her?  We quickly took out all the loose change that was sitting in our car ash tray and delightfully gave her the entire handful.  I think the woman thought we were crazy because we were so excited to talk with her and hand over what little we had.  In fact, Max even said to her, “Wow, it’s so good to see someone at our window again!”

I guess Max and I did not realize how much we missed our “friends” on the streets of Santiago.  At almost every traffic intersection, there were those asking for a little change.  It became so natural to us as we traveled downtown to quickly roll down our window and, bit by bit, stoplight by stoplight, give away the loose change that was sitting in the front console of our van.

It is amazing the things that you miss sometimes!

Matthew 5:42 (NIV) Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Your turn to share: In what way has God given you an opportunity to show the love of Christ to strangers?