George and Alex Jackson were among the residents who answered the call from local police departments to help those stranded by the floods.
The roads in their neighborhoods were flooded so badly that they looked like canals, but the brothers used their motor boat to provide assistance.
“There’s some older people that needed some attention and we’re trying to convince them the best thing they can do is get out,” George Jackson told “Good Morning America.
Abe Minor, a UPS worker, told “GMA” that he used his nephew’s boat to help rescue some of his wife’s friends on Sunday. After he went to get them, he realized that other people needed assistance and got to work helping others.
“People were screaming out, ‘Help, help, help,’ and you know, ‘We’ll come back for you. We’ll come back for you,’” Minor said. “One turned to two, two turned to three, three turned to four, next thing you know there’s 20 different people you’ve rescued, along with their animals.”
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Houston and surrounding areas that have been inundated with flood waters, but so many people like the Jackson brothers and Abe Minor have volunteered to help.
Minor, a black man, was rescuing white folks. Conversely, we’ve watched white men in boats rescuing blacks and Hispanics. Race and color of skin are immaterial when lives are in danger.
But these heart warming stories can be multiplied by the hundreds and probably thousands before this is all over.
I’m reminded of a statement from Peter’s sermon to Cornelius about Jesus.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).
“He went about doing good” is always a great motto for life. Isn’t it?
While Jesus came on a spiritual mission to “seek and save the lost” (Lk.19:10), his life and ministry were punctuated by numerous occasions of helping others.
Most of the miracles of Jesus, while serving as a proof of His Deity (Jn 20:30-31), were focused on “doing good” to those in need.
The blind man Bartimaeus received his sight (Mk. 19:46-52)
The woman with a blood disease was cleansed (Matt 9:20-22)
The 10 lepers were healed (Lk 17:11-19)
And the storm that threatened the safety of the disciples was calmed (Mk 4:35-41).
While we can’t stop the rain or still the storm, we can go about doing good. Helping the helpless. Supplying necessities for the needy. Providing shelter for the homeless. Furnishing food to the hungry. Offering water to the thirsty. Or giving clothes to the destitute.
While many are going to Houston with their boats and volunteering in other ways, we all can’t go. Nor should we. But there will be plenty of opportunities in the days ahead to demonstrate the kindness and compassion of Christ. To do good.
You may have seen on facebook those to whom you can donate money to meet immediate financial demands. Various organizations are in need of both supplies and financial contributions to meet the needs of the hurting and homeless.
I’m reminded of a quote by Napoleon Hill who observed that “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
Out of this disaster in Southeast Texas, good can come. Not only in the lives of those who are now suffering, but through the generosity of others who follow the example of Jesus and go about doing good.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman