A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Whenever we go to confession, we usually only confess the sins that we’ve committed. Yet, how many times do we confess our sins of omission? How many times have we seen others in need of assistance (say, a person who cannot reach an item on the top shelf at the grocery store, or a driver needing to get over in front of you) and we completely ignore them?

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:16).

Anybody that knows me well knows that my favorite outdoor activities include target and skeet shooting and driving my ATV, especially on muddy trails. This past weekend my family and I packed up our gear and headed to a friend’s property to do just that. 

With our two friends and their four teenaged boys piled into the truck ahead of us, and my family of five piled into our vehicle, we headed out to their beautiful riverfront property located along the Ohio River. As we drove along the windy and desolate road to get there, we noticed a man standing on the side of the road. Next to him, in a ditch, was his motorcycle that he had just driven off the road.

We pulled our vehicles over and hopped out—nine of us! The men and boys all grabbed a part of the bike to heave it back onto the road. The man suffered a scraped and bloody knee, and the bike had a little fender damage; but, other than those minor blemishes, all was ok. Thank God his unprotected head didn’t slam into the same tree that his bike did. 

I believe that God had intervened in this situation by putting us in the right place at the right time. That heavy motorcycle needed more than just a few helping hands to lift up. Yet, I still chuckle at what the biker had to be thinking when he saw nine people pile out of just two vehicles, one after another, coming at him on this isolated country road.

If I were him, I initially would have felt very uneasy … overwhelmed with nine strangers approaching while in such a vulnerable position.

After assuring that both man and bike were ok, we continued on our way where we spent the rest of the day enjoying the activities I so treasure. I felt very blessed to have witnessed my family and friends helping out another person in need. It was a glorious day, where the only drawback was having to wash the mud off our clothes. I can’t wait until next time!


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About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • Kathy Wandstrat

    Ah so true!

  • Monna Younger

    I think it is very good how you relate in your life experiences GOD’s presence. Acknowledging He always with us! Enjoyed your Blog.

  • Susan Carroll

    What a beautiful story! God truly is everywhere. He intervened in this accident at the time of impact and then again when when he worked within your hearts and souls prompting you to give aid. God’s will was done!