as we piled into the taxi, i conversed in halting german with the driver and thought about how fortunate we had been that a fellow american took time out of her long day to help us by delivering us to a kind man who saw that our needs were met. it would have been easy for this lady to have shrugged and gone on her way home with good wishes directed our way. it would have been easy for the security guard to have told her that it wasn't his job to find taxis for american tourists with too much luggage. both of these strangers saw that our needs were met, making our arrival in vienna after a long day of travel much easier than it would have been had we been left to sort our the arrangements on our own.
how often we wish others the best without taking action to make the best a reality for them. my prayer is that each of us, like these two thoughtful strangers, will remember that in doing kind deeds for our brothers and sisters, it is as if we had done these deeds for jesus. shalom.