As many of you know, I am training to run a marathon in December. This morning the training plan included a ten mile run. I choose a route that took me along a walking/biking trail for about half the mileage. As I reach about the 8 mile mark on my run, I came across a woman who did not speak much English. She pointed to a man laying the in the grass. I asked if he was ok, but like I said she did not speak much English, so it was not really clear if he was OK or not.
I went to the man and asked him if he was ok. He said he had twisted his ankle and that since he lived close by he thought he could make it home. I asked if I could pray for him and he said yes. We had a short discussion about the Gospel and he confessed that he believed Jesus had died for him and that he had put his trust fully in Christ.
I prayed for him. He was thankful and then started to put his show back on. As he did, we noticed that his ankle was swelling bad. He was in extreme pain just trying to put his shoe on. I told him I would get some ice. So I went up to the street and jogged down to the next intersection where there was a restaurant who gave me a bag of ice for him.
When I got back he was laying in the grass saying that the pain was so bad he did not think he could walk. He asked me to call for help.
I went back up to the street and tried to flag down a car. Amazingly standing in the right hand lane waving my hands wildly, at least ten cars passed before someone stopped. They rolled down their window and I told them I thought a man had a broken leg and asked them to call an ambulance. I went back to the man, whose name is Nelson, and told him that help was on the way.
About a minute later, two police cars were there. Turns out the man that had stopped was also an off duty police officer. It amazes me that no one else had stopped.
Anyway, these men clearly had the situation under control and my wife was expecting me at certain check points. So I told Nelson good bye and finished my run.
Please pray for his healing. Even though I was unable to hand out a tract, the Gospel was shared verbally. Perhaps God will lead you to an opportunity to serve someone today. And in the process you can tell them that you are able to serve them because of what Christ has already done for you.