I remember it almost like it was yesterday. It was a spring Sabbath and I was driving through torrential rain on my way to church to preach. About halfway to the church, I was trying to see the road through the almost-blinding rain, when my eye caught sight of a woman with a jack handle in her hand standing by her flat tire on the side of the road.
I eased off the road on to the shoulder and came to a stop. I remember taking off my suit jacket and then hurrying back toward the lady, inquiring if she needed help. She said definitely, yes! I remember putting the jack under the car and carefully jacking up the car to begin changing the tire.
While beginning to work the wrench, her little boy rolled down the window and began hanging out the window watching my every movement. As I slipped the flat tire off and began mounting the spare tire, her boy asked me the most interesting question. He said quite clearly, “Hey mister, are you Jesus?” I said, “No, but I serve Him.” He smiled and said, “I thought so.” I asked him why he thought so. His reply was precious. “My mommy and I prayed that Jesus would send someone to help us and fix the tire, and the next thing we saw was you walking back to our car.” Wow!
By the time I finished, I was soaked to the bone. The woman thanked me for her help. I climbed back into the car, and as I drove the rest of the way to the church, I was reminded once again of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me!”
May you become an extension of Jesus’ hands and feet and act with kindness and compassion every day. You may never know how important a ministry you are performing even if it is a simple thing like changing a tire.
By Richard C. Dye, Sr., President