Can you remember learning the exact opposite message? As children we were taught to never talk to strangers. It makes sense given the dangers children are susceptible to. However, is it possible that we still don’t talk to strangers? I wonder if we as adults should abandon that message. When we are near someone who is strange or different from us do we instinctively go the other direction?
Jesus was faced with a stranger one day. On a very hot afternoon he sat by a well of water and struck up a conversation with a stranger. John 4 describes this person as a Samaritan woman, a big ‘no no’ for Jewish people to associate with. But Jesus broke the rules, again! He spoke to this person and was able to minister to the deepest pains of her heart. This Samaritan woman, a supposed sinner, was in turn a blessing to Jesus. How, you ask? She spoke well of Him and led a whole city to His ministry.
Last Summer Jennifer Vasilakos of California was raising money for a kidney transplant she desperately needed. She didn’t realize that a simple act of kindness was about to change her world. She met a stranger who was looking for directions. She was able to guide him and then took the opportunity to give him a pamphlet with some information about her effort to raise money. He took the pamphlet, gave her $50, and drove off. Little did she know that she was helping billionaire, Ty Warner, who would later drive back that day to give her $20,000.00.
Forest Gump is famous for saying, “Life’s like a box of chocolate; you never know what you’re gonna get”. I’ll say it this way. Strangers are like secret doors; you never know what’s on the other side. My prayer is that we would let our guards down a bit, open our eyes, and see the treasures of humanity. Strangers are not as scary as we think!
No Stranger to You,
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2