Kindness of strangers in unexpected moments

Part of what I do for income includes driving my car all over town and interacting with strangers. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, he drives for Uber!” Thankfully, no. Drunk strangers will not be vomiting in my car. I really enjoy delivering smiles for Amazon Prime Now. But it’s not always happy times, I’ll tell ya! Traffic can be a bear and a few weeks ago, the weather was quite the menace. Here’s a snippet from my dash cam the night I was delivering in Nashville’s heaviest snow of the year so far.


Even worse than the snow, though, was the ice. Some main roads, and most secondary roads, were layered in it. On top of that, I had 10 deliveries! I felt like David going up against Goliath, with a Nissan Versa as my slingshot.

I left the Amazon warehouse with just an ounce of courage. I slowly crept my way to the first customer and missed the mark with my first stone. Here I am in a bit of a predicament.


I was halfway up the hill and started sliding down. I was able to back into a random driveway and with some help, drive in reverse, through front yards, narrowly missing two cars but getting back onto a flat road without incident.

Nine more deliveries to go.

Already my neck was sore. My shoulders were tight. A few of the next stops were in flat areas of east Nashville, so that was a relief, but Goliath still seemed larger than life.

Towards the end of the route, Goliath snorted as I approached the steepest hill yet. The house I was delivering to was at the top, about 5 houses in from where I decided to park the car. My slingshot wouldn’t win this battle. In fact, I felt pretty defeated at this point; half the deliveries were late and even after this one, I had a few more to go. To walk the delivery to the customer would take at least 3 trips from my car up the hill to the house, but as undesirable as that sounded, it’s all that could be done. So I started up the hill, a few packages under my arms.

As I handed off the first round of items, the most unexpected thing happened. The father of the crew that lived there began bundling up with heavy clothes and boots. My eyes widened. My heart beat faster. My shoulders loosened. He was coming back with me so we could slay this giant together!

We split the items between us and started back up the hill. We both were carrying almost more than we could manage by ourselves. And then another heroic moment happened: his son met us on the way and after giving him some packages, the three of us marched up the hill, up the driveway, up the slippery steps, and to the front door.

As it turns out, it was people that overtook Goliath this cold, snowy night. What does the Bible say? A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken. I’m so thankful for those guys that night. Their act of kindness won’t be in newspapers, it won’t pop up on anyone’s Facebook feed (except maybe for mine!), they won’t be ABC’s persons of the week. But for a stressed out delivery driver, this father certainly made an impression and lived out the Golden Rule. Plus he modeled for his son (and his daughter and wife who were watching from the window) one way to be a good man.

He reminded me a lot of my dad.

And that, my friends, is how Goliath fell that night.

-Out of the Wilderness

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The Battle Is Won

Whether a song is about God, a recent break-up or scoring with a girl, we are all on the same journey. We’re looking for something. One fascinating thing to me is discovering spirituality in music. Recently I discovered many Biblical references for “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. Read on.

“All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers

When there’s nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son?
One more son.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

If you can hold on.
If you can hold on, hold on.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  John 14:1-2

I wanna stand up, I wanna let go.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Luke 22:42

You know, you know – no you don’t, you don’t.
I wanna shine on in the hearts of men.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.  Ephesians 3:16-18

I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

Another head aches, another heart breaks.

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?  Psalm 13:2

I am so much older than I can take
And my affection, well it comes and goes.

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  James 1:6

I need direction to perfection, no no no no.
Help me out.
Yeah, you know you got to help me out.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the backburner.
You know you got to help me out. Yeah.

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22

And when there’s nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son?
These changes ain’t changing me.
The cold-hearted boy I used to be.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Yeah, you know you got to help me out.
Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the backburner.
You know you got to help me out, yeah,
You’re gonna bring yourself down.
Yeah, you’re gonna bring yourself down.
Yeah, you’re gonna bring yourself down.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  James 1:13-14

I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.”  1 Samuel 17:45-46

Yeah, you know you got to help me out.
Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the backburner.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:36-40

You know you got to help me out.
You’re gonna bring yourself down.
You’re gonna bring yourself down.
Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the backburner.
Yeah, you’re gonna bring yourself down.
Yeah, you’re gonna bring yourself down.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
1 Corinthians 9:24

Over and in, last call for sin.
While everyone’s lost, the battle is won
With all these things that I’ve done.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

All these things that I’ve done.

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25

If you can hold on,
If you can hold on.

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  Revelation 22:12