As I was driving to work this morning I passed by a lady on the side of the road. She was probably late 40's and seemed worn out by a very hard life. She was hobbling along carrying two garbage bags and picking up trash. Her face seemed desperate and drained of hope. I felt compelled to do something and help her but I kept on driving. I looked at my clock and I was running late. I looked at my gas gauge and it was running on fumes. I was also fatigued from a long trip. Basically I was operating this morning with no margin.
I've often thought about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Two religious leaders walk by a man in desperate need and are in a hurry or have places to go. Finally it says in Luke 10:33-35 '..a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeepr. 'Look after him', he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expenses you may have.'
Wow to have that kind of margin in my life! As I drove past that woman today I wrestled with God. I realized that I desperately need more margin. I need to give myself more time. I need to make sure I have more energy. I need to have some extra money in my wallet. I need a little more fuel in my gas tank. When I don't have any margin I am living for my schedule and my to-do-list and making sure I have 'just enough' for what I have planned. When I have margin I am prepared for the 'God-appointments' that are not on my list but are on God's every day.