A young FedEx driver recently took the time to do something many people would not do. She stopped in her tracks and put all of her own obligations on hold to attend to the emotional and spiritual needs of another human being.
When Amanda Riggan was making deliveries, she stopped at one house where a lady happened to checking her mailbox when Amanda pulled up. She and Amanda started to chat a bit as Amanda took the packages to the front door. The lady asked Amanda about her holidays, and Amanda asked her in return.
“I was like ‘How was your holidays?’ And with tears in her eyes, she said it wasn’t good,” Amanda recalled in a video she posted to Facebook. “She said, ‘He’s sick. My husband’s sick. He has cancer.’”
A stricken Amanda didn’t know what to say at first. She left, but couldn’t stop thinking about what the woman had said.
“My heart’s pounding. I do probably twenty more stops and I have to go back,” Amanda said.
We all know how busy these delivery drivers are. They’re on tight structured schedules. But Amanda turned around and went back.
“I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood and rang her doorbell,” Amanda explained. “She came down the stairs, she had tears in her eyes when she saw it was me — she smiled, and I said ‘Ma’am can I pray with you?’ And she just broke down. She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight.”
Amanda shared her story on Facebook not to glorify herself, but with the hope that anyone else who feels a tug on their heartstrings will follow her example and heed that call.
“I pray every day for the Lord to use me, but when He’s trying to use you or when you feel that call, and that tug on your heartstrings, do you move your feet? Do you move?”
She further explains that it’s a blessing to be called to love another human being.
“If you’re praying for the Lord to help and to use you in people’s situations, when He is giving you a chance, do it,” Amanda urges. “Be sure you know what you’re praying for when you’re praying.”
Take the time to give whatever you can of yourself to others. Whether it’s prayer, if you’re a believer, or a hug, or a long talk. Take the time and give.