Beth was almost crushed today! It was a fearful moment that neither of us will forget. I had pulled into a gas station, found a pump and began putting gas in the car. Beth was getting out of the car when an elderly man began backing up his truck. I don’t know if he ever saw the car but he backed up jamming his trailer hitch into the car and squeezing the door on Beth! I was yelling; “WHOA! WHOA! WHOA!” to no avail. Beth was waving her arms but the man wasn’t stopping. Finally, he put the car in drive and pulled off. No stopping, no explaining, no acknowledgment he never did anything. I was attending to Beth whose legs are bruised and, of much less significance, to how much of a dent he put in the car door. Thankfully Beth is okay. She’s put ice packs on her legs and took some pain meds.
Awareness. Without it people are left fearful, hurting and often in disbelief.
Yesterday I demolished an old Pergola whose support beams were rotting in the ground. It had already begun leaning and I knew it wouldn’t take much to take the rest of it apart. I stood directly under it and pushed, but instead of falling at an angle it came straight down! Beth, who was doing some painting a few yards away asked; “Do you need some help?” “Yes!” I screamed and she came running over to give me the extra boost I needed to gently lay it down instead of being squished underneath it. “My hero!”
Wisdom tells us that life, at times, will give us more than we can bear ourselves. The heavy burdens we carry can get too much for us to handle. We are blessed if we can count on others who will help us shoulder the load, be there for us to get a grip and not be crushed under the burden.
Be thankful for friends such as these and do not take them for granted.