The other day, I had just dropped my friends off at the Frankfurt Hahn Airport, about an hour’s drive from where I live. After I drove up to the parking ticket dispenser and grabbed my ticket from the slot, I parked in a handicapped parking spot near the entrance. After they unloaded their luggage, we headed to McDonald’s to grab a bite to eat and to spend some time together before their flight.
We strolled around the tiny airport for a few minutes, but as it got closer for them to go through the security line and move to the waiting area for their flight, I bid them adieu (goodbye) with warm hugs.
Then, I went outside and started up my car, momentarily forgetting that I had a parking ticket to pay for. When that light bulb came on in my head, I got out of my car and used my cane to hobble over to the machine to pay for the time I parked. My eyes almost popped out of their sockets when 12.00 Euros popped up on the screen. 12 Euros!!! I didn’t have 12 Euros! I didn’t panic, though, but I knew I had some change in my wallet. I prayed that the change would add at least up to 12 Euros. Unfortunately, my friends had already checked in, and since they were already past the security check-in, it would be difficult for me to get to them to get some extra Euros if I needed them.
So I stood by the machine and stuck my walking cane underneath one arm as I poured the loose change out of my wallet into one of my hands to count it. I was sweating bullets thinking that the machine had made a mistake and that my parking fee was actually 2 Euros and not 12.00! But there it was on the screen…waiting impatiently for me to feed it, the machine screamed: 12 EUROS!!!!
As I was slowly counting my change, a young German lady came up to me. I didn’t hear her drive up or park her car near me, but there she was. In German, she asked me if I needed some help. I told her that I didn’t have enough money and that I had more Euro change in my car which was just a few steps away. She ignored that and looked at the 12.00 Euros prominently displayed on the screen as she proceeded to help me count my change. Thank God I had almost enough, but I was short 1 Euro. She quickly pulled out her wallet and handed me 2 Euros. But then she did even more. She took all the change from my hand, put all of it in the coin slot and waited as the machine counted down what I owed: 10, 8, 6 Euros and so forth. Then she deposited her 2 Euros to ultimately pay for my parking fee. After she did that, the machine spit out 50 cents change, and my ticket popped out of the slot…paid in full!
I was amazed at this young woman stopping to help me. First of all, I didn’t hear her drive up to where I was standing. She didn’t have to stop and help me, but she did. But before she left, I had to do something to return her kindness. She saw the relief and gratefulness on my face. I smiled at her and spread my arms out to hug her. She did the same, and we hugged like two old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. Then she left, and I hobbled to my car a few steps away. This one random act of kindness from a stranger is a perfect example of how God sends angels to help us in need.