From A Nomad Desk; Reflections on Good Samaritan
The story is about the powerful and the poor, the rich and rugged. In his traveling the wounded man encounters with people whose greed inspires them to hurt and harm. The Parable of the Good Samaritan tells the story of a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and while on the way he is robbed of everything he had, including his clothing, and is beaten to within an inch of his life. That road was treacherously winding and was a favorite hideout of robbers and thieves
It’s clear picture of what human beings are capable of doing to their fellow neighbors. Deep hate and desire for evil often guard our heart. While humanity causes unimaginable damage, a good Samaritan- a seed of hope is birthed in midst of crooked world. To be a good Samaritan is to walk in the path which needs courage and boldness. It’s to go where no one dares to reach.
While we always think more of the dangers that can befall us in our lives, this story sparks hope and new narrative-that even though there are robbers in the path, there is also a wounded man that someone must rescue.
In a year of elections we become both the wounded man and the good Samaritan while majority choose to be indifferent to the suffering and afflictions human beings go through. To be wounded is to recognize the hurt and choose to forgive. It’s about humility at its best and request for help.
Elections often creates division and breed discontent, but the story of good Samaritan provides us with platform to listen, pray and take action to help in fighting injustice and bad governance. Its shows the light that permeates our human heart.
In accepting to be helped, the wounded man shows how humanity can be vulnerable yet hopeful. Its young man who fights drugs, it’s a politicians who embrace change and progressions. It’s a woman who engages actively in helping others understand their abilities and possibilities. It’s all of us in whatever capacity moving others into life of healing and restoration. It’s us collaborating with those who may not be of our party or religion in electing transformational leaders.
Good Samaritan is guiding others into growth, recovery and healing. It’s to believe against unbelief that in us our wounds though deep can be healed completely. This is all what Good Samaritan story is about.It calls us to go out and not just campaign but make the world a better place. Unless we experience hurt and cause other great pain- we won’t need or expect a Good Samaritan. To know someone will rescue us from corruption, tribalism is to wait for Good Samaritan.
It provides hope and faith. Its show courage and care. It provides a path of reconciliation and recovery. The wounded man was booked in a hotel maybe Intercontinental, maybe Serena or even Samburu, maybe in small hut-but the goodness is the wounded man became a whole and went out to be a mother good Samaritan.
Good Samaritan Abound