the whisper... or wait for the brick!
A young and successful
executive was traveling down a neighborhood
street going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for
kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he
thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the
brakes and drove the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been
thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the
nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, "What
was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?
That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost me a lot
of money. Why did you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic. "Please mister, please, I'm
sorry......I didn't know what else to do. I threw the brick because
no one else would stop. " With tears dripping down his face and off
his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's
my brother. He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and
I can't lift him up." Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned
executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his
wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me." Moved beyond words,
the driver tried to swallow the lump in his throat. He lifted the
handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his
handkerchief and wiped at the fresh scrapes and cuts. Too shook up
for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound
brother down the sidewalk toward home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very
noticeable but the man never repaired the dented side door. He kept
the dent to remind him of this message:
Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at
you to get your attention. God whispers to our souls and speaks to
our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to
throw a brick at us.
Listen to the whisper....Or wait for the brick