I want to comment on something that happened to me today. It has a link to my current blog about Israel.
I was in getting into my car in a drugstore parking lot and I saw an older gentleman. He was trying to reach into the passenger side door of the car next to me. The window cracked down a bit but his arm wouldn’t fit in. It looked like he was trying to open up the door. He looked looked exasperated, and I was pretty sure he’d locked his keys inside the car.
I could have moved on and ignored him, but I know what it’s like to be in need of help and I was sure, just by watching him, that he needed someone to assist.
I asked if he needed help and he confirmed that, yes, he’d locked his keys in the car. He said he was trying to press a button on the inside to unlock the doors. I found a snow brush in my car (mid summer and I haven’t put it in the garage, but maybe that’s a good thing). I was able to reach the button but no luck unlocking the car.
“I live close by,” he said, with a distinct middle eastern accent. “I will just go home and get my other keys.”
I asked where he lived. It was not a close walk, but only a few minutes by car. I said I would take him and then drive him back to his car. He was so gracious and thankful.
On the way back he said, “I have lived here for 30 years and there is always someone nice who will help out.”
I asked where he came from. He said “It’s a long story. I’m originally, from Africa, but I grew up in the Middle East, in Lebanon.”
“It is,” he said. “But there is too much trouble. I would go back but not until people stop fighting there. It is not safe.”
“It doesn’t matter what you believe in,” he said. “God is God and we all believe in one God. There is no reason for the hate and violence. Everyone should live in peace.”
I knew what he meant of course. And I wished, at that moment, that everyone in the Middle East was like this man. Peace in the Middle East. Is it a dream or will it ever be reality? I wish I could say that in my lifetime it will happen, but I’m not hopeful. What do you think?
Back to our journey through Israel in my next post.