Fresh Hope – 24th October 2017

Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Sitting in an airport is not something that anyone really likes doing, but it is a must if your are going to travel anywhere of any distance. The wait seems never ending, but I must admit on the occasions of rushing through customs and then running to the plane that’s just about to leave, and on one occasion did, is an option much less preferred.

Having gone through customs and secuirity, a couple of weeks back with my wife and son, we decided to find a seat, grab a bite to eat and at least pass the time away. No sooner had we settled down in an already crowded area, when we watched a meticulously dressed man drop his plastic bottle of Coke on the floor and see it explode and spray all over him. No one even moved as he sat there in sheer embarrassment all alone. I got up and told him to stay there while I found a member of the cleaning staff and at the same time Caleb ran and got some tissues, started to mop it up and help the guy get cleaned up. I felt so sorry for him.

As he was getting sorted, Caleb arrived with a new bottle of coke that he’d decided to buy from WHSmith.

The guy was so taken back by the gesture, that at first he refused to accept, but after realising our insistence, he gratefully received. That small gesture of kindness opened the door for us to chat further with him and I said that I would like to guess what he did for a job, being so smartly dressed. After the first guess of ‘businessman’, I quickly changed it to ‘Church Pastor’. He couldn’t believe that I’d guessed what he did and proceeded to ask how we even mention such a thing. I told him that we too were Pastors and that we could see it in his eyes that he too was a believer in Jesus. (When Jesus lives in you, then the light shines out of your eyes).

He told us how he was travelling from a conference all alone and was on his way back home several thousands of miles away. He was the pastor of an amazing church. He left me his email address and we parted company.

I have never since contacted him, but I couldn’t help but think out of all the thousands of people in the airport that day, that God allowed us to be a blessing to a man of God in need.

Friend, you never know who you may need to help today, but remember whoever it is, you are being sent to make someone’s day.

Ask yourself, if you were in need, wouldn’t you like someone to treat you with respect and kindness? Then do to others what you’d wish for them to do to you…and you never know…you could even be entertaining an angel and not know it.

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Pastor Mark

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