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 backed 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 a lot of money. Why did
you do it?"
The young boy was apologetic. "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but
didn't know what else to do," He pleaded. "I threw the brick because
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 said. "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 rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair,
then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes
cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank
you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger.
Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his
wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was
long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable,
but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept
the dent there 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
God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we
don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our
choice to listen or not.