We were on Interstate 10 last Thursday afternoon in Alabama heading toward Pensacola and home. Traffic was backed up 15 miles due to the ice storm in the area. We learned part of the interstate was not open for us to get home. We decided to call a friend in the area and ask if they had a bed we could sleep on. We made the call, and after a little greeting I revealed our plight. I asked, “Do you have a bed we could sleep on tonight?” My friend’s first reaction was, “Oh my,” and then she started offering an excuse.
It didn’t take long to realize there was “no room at the inn” for us, even though the two of them lived in a large house. Next we stopped at a Holiday Inn Express. The man right ahead of my husband got the last room. Still, no room at the inn for us. I felt like crying.
We made our way back on the interstate, and Debbie Williams, WKRG News reporter, and my niece in Mobile, texted me to say that Interstate 10 had just opened up from the Alabama line to Bonifay, FL. We called our local police department and learned that all the roads in our county were open. We arrived home some four and a half hours after leaving Daphne, AL.
As Christians we are to be hospitable (Romans 23:13; 1 Peter 4:9). That doesn’t mean we are to be hospitable only when our houses are in perfect order and clean. It doesn’t mean to share with the less fortunate if you have plenty. We are to be hospitable, to be open to help others, to be kind to others, to treat others as we want to be treated.
We were tired and stressed from the bumper to bumper traffic, the ice and conditions in general. We would have been glad to sleep on the floor if need be, just so we had a warm place to lay our head for the night, but there was no room at the inn.
What about your inn? Are you open for business? How hospitable are you with that which God has blessed you? If you only had your bed, would you have given it up and slept on the sofa, or floor? Would you have said, “I don’t have a bed, but I have plenty of room on the floor. I will make you a soft pallet, and you can sleep there.” Would there have been any way you would have provided a place in your inn for someone in need?
“Call me if you ever need anything, of if there is anything I can do for you,” is heard so often in parting. Really? Just how would you have responded if your phone had rung, and you heard a friend say they were stranded on the interstate, and asked if you had a bed? Think about that.
I like the song, “Others.” Part of a verse states, “Others, Lord, yes others. Let this my motto be. Help me to live for others, that I might live like thee.”