This month has been quite hard on myself and my family. Cutting a long story short, while we were on holiday our car (which is very reliable usually and well looked after) died in the middle of nowhere.
But what got me is that we were in a strange place and knew no-one - yet God bought people into our lives that would help us and show us kindness and favor. We first broke down in a small town - we could have broken down an hour before, or an hour later - or even in the middle of nowhere... No. We broke down IN the town. We were looked after by a mechanic who did his utmost to help us. He and his wife barely knew us at all, yet they offered us the use of their own car to drive 4 hours away to our destination. They would tow our dead car down and then tow their own car home again. Who does that? Who looks at a family and trusts them immediately and gives them their car to use - especially nowadays? How can their hearts be filled with such compassion and kindness to perfect strangers?
Because the car was dead, we had to abandon our caravan in the town. The same man and wife offered to tow the caravan to their home and let it stay in the driveway until we were in a position to come and pick it up again. The wife emptied out our fridge so it wouldn't smell. They went above and beyond what is expected from Roadside Assistance.
After the car was repaired... twice (don't ask!) , we headed back to the town to pick up our caravan. On the way we noticed that the air conditioning in the car stopped working. We groaned. What next??? This was seriously ridiculous!! We arrived at the town, the mechanic's wife ushered us into her beautiful home, served up chocolate biscuits for the kids and pulled out lovely toys for them to play with and the mechanic stuck his head under the bonnet of our car and repaired our air-conditioning problem. No charge.
We were so well taken care of and felt so incredibly blessed to run into these people. I have never experienced such kindness from strangers before. I felt humbled. Do I do this? Do I show love, care and compassion like this?
Cutting another long story short, we broke down again... for good this time. We were stuck in a small town outside Sydney while we waited for our car to be looked at again. The caravan was towed to a caravan park near the mechanics and I was left with the three children while my husband went to sort out the car. The two couples behind us came over immediately when they saw I was alone. "Can we help you? Can I set up your van for you? Can I put the roof up for you? (A very heavy job) Don't worry about the kids, this is a safe place. Do you need me to get you some groceries? If you ever need a ride somewhere, please let me know." The caravan park owners only charged minimum amount for the site, so we were financially blessed as well. While my husband was away, busy, my son was getting frustrated with his bike - the pedal kept falling off. The caravan park owner saw this and took it to his workshop and repaired it. My son idolised the man from then on. (Poor man! Had a little boy following him about asking him what he was doing every 5 minutes!)
Again perfect strangers coming to our aid. These people were not being kind for any other reason than they were kind people. They didn't want anything in return. They didn't expect anything in return. They showed us compassion, kindness and empathy - not because they wanted to shove something down our throat later. No reason. No motive. They were just beautiful people.
This humbles me. Truly it does! It was as if kindness was bottled up and handed to me. Not kind because they SHOULD be... but because they are.
Kindess is one of the fruits of the spirit, and I feel that sometimes I show kindness because I SHOULD... not because that is what is within me.
Father, thankyou for taking good care of us, through the most unexpected people. Thank you for each person who helped us and I pray you will bless them, bless their lives and that the kindness they showed us, will be rewarded abundantly. Help me to remember them often and help me follow their example in showing kindness where I can, fill me with your compassion and love to people I don't know. Thank you for this valuable lesson in such a tough time.
PS: What ended up happening is we had to fly home and abandon our car and caravan and truck them both home later. We still owe money on the car - so have to pay that off before we can get rid of it and get another car. We are in no financial position to do that at this time. Please keep us in your prayers. We need a miracle here.