An Amazing Story
If you’re anything like me, you love an amazing story…this one brought tears to my eyes. You can read the whole thing in the March 2007 issue of REAL SIMPLE. A year and a half later, it still resonates with me.
The woman who wrote this story was a marine biologist, not a professional writer, and about the same age as me. She’d always been very independent until a cataclysmic event forced her to accept help. While traveling in Thailand, her fiancee was stung by a jellyfish and died, right there on the beach. There she was, alone, in shock. Many offered sympathy, but two Israeli women refused to leave her side. They sat with her as she cried, waited at the morgue, talked to an irritable police detective. They even changed the date of their plane tickets so they could stay with her.
You might think, “Oh, they were kind grandmotherly types, and they empathized because they’d lost partners too.” They were 21 years old. I could hardly believe it. Now, this really made me think. These college-age girls gave up their vacation to care about the tragedy of a total stranger. A few years ago, “What Would Jesus Do?” became ubiquitous in America, and we all got sick of hearing the words without action. But if this isn’t what Jesus would do, I don’t know what is. Wow. It makes me think twice about where my heart is when it comes to the needs of others. Yes, our culture says, “Me first.” But we still have to choose to reach out to another human being. Will I? Will you? It makes me think of the verse from Esther, where Uncle Mordechai tells the young woman, “Who knows but that you were born for such a time as this?”