The day I met her was about two days back. I was on my way to Court, having refused to be dropped off….I need to learn to drive oh…..I think the driving school I went to traumatized me…story for another day.
I was running late, so I chose to go through the express. It was longer but faster because there was usually no traffic, and I could calculate exactly when I would arrive in Court which ideally had to be before Nine am, because I would need to put on my wig and gown, and be seated before the Judge sat. Not like you couldn’t come late, but it’s usually risky as your case may be called before you arrive……..and what would one tell one’s boss….
“I was late because I left home late because I didn’t want to be too early to Court…eeeeeiiiish”..I don’t want to imagine the response to that excuse.
Anyway, as I entered the taxi, a woman entered beside me. I took notice of her as a co passenger and averted my face…..however we were on friendly terms, exchanged phone numbers (and I told her to contact me if she needed any legal help) by the time we got to our destination, ironically called “Challenge”.
As soon as she entered the taxi, she sighted a young girl ( say between ten and twelve years old) in a school uniform walk past her and walk on. In fact from the way she beckoned to her I thought they were together…apparently she recognized the school Uniform and wondered where the girl could be walking to as the location of the school was still far off. And on the express road for that matter.
So she called the girl, and asked her to come inside the taxi and that she would pay for her…” How far will she walk, the school is till far” she lamented to no one in particular.
Once the girl entered, the woman continued talking…..and mentioned that she had kids of that girls age too, who would likely spend their transport fare and have to walk home. She narrated how her child would do same, and then wait for the free bus provided by the Governor, and arrive home very late……
At this point, I was paying close attention, and thinking what a nice person she was…but I would probably not be writing about it now if she hadn’t done something even nicer.
The girl eventually spoke up and said the taxi she boarded to that point dropped her off and took off without the driver giving her change which was what led to her walking.
Immediately, the woman emphatised and told the girl,
” That means you can’t even have money to eat or go back home since all your money was taken away” .
And she dipped her hands into her purse and gave the girl money which would at least carry her back home.
I turned to her, smiled and said the words which you read up there…….” You are a real Christian” Why did I say that? Lol….Maybe I have been seeing a lot of unchristian Christians.
She showed love and compassion for that little girl, whom she didn’t know from anywhere. Isn’t that how to be Christlike and be a good neighbour?
She put herself in that girls shoe and tried to solve the immediate problem without condemnation or judgement.
You know how some supposed Christians belittle and criticise others all in the guise of helping…if they even help at all…she didn’t do that at all…
A lot of times we wait for people to ask us for help even when it’s obvious that they need it badly. And when they don’t ask, we shrug and continue with our lives. Taking up a ” If they don’t ask , then they don’t need it “approach isn’t the best. You can see that they need help badly. You can see that he/she is struggling. Why not offer first?
That little girl instead of begging decided to walk to her school on a dangerous express way…a far distance..it took a stranger to emphatise and feel compassionate towards her, call her and offer some help…..even when she thought the girl had spent her transport fare on frivolities.
No judgement, no recriminations….just good old fashioned Christianity.
The way it ought to be.
What do you think? Did she qualify to be called a true Christian?