When Demi Sweeney, a college student in England, was confronted by a spider on the wall of her apartment, she didn't know what to do. Terrified of the creature, there was no one nearby to help. That's when a friend on the phone suggested she call and order food delivery, in the hopes the driver would be willing to kill the offending arachnoid. She received the following message from the food delivery company she contacted:
"You can most certainly request this in the 'delivery note' section when placing your order,"... (adding a spider emoji for extra emphasis). The only thing is, our rider may be more afraid of spiders [sic] than you are..."
When the delivery driver appeared at her door 20 minutes later with her order of KFC, she begged, "Please, you have to help me – I only ordered food for your help."
After directing Joe, the delivery guy, to the problem, he climbed on a chair and caught the spider and flushed it down the toilet.
“I can’t believe the plan actually worked,” Sweeney wrote. “I thanked him so many times, I literally could have hugged him. He’s a hero.”
Most people are willing to help others when given the opportunity. The problem can be making sure those people are in our lives to begin with, so they’re there when we need them. This is one of the important roles of the local church. As our lives are allowed to overlap in fellowship with one another, we are already there to help and encourage each other as needs arise.
No need to call the delivery man!
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT).