Yesterday, as I was driving to pick up some supplies for our business, I had an incident where I can honestly say "my life passed before my eyes". It would be too hard to put into words the elements at play that came within an eyelash of producing an accident which would have surely ended my earthly life along with a few others. But, I can say it was the closest I have come to being in a horrific accident for a long time.
As I watched the potential accident develop, I was praying in the spirit out loud and concentrating on practicing defensive driving maneuvers. To make a long story short, I ended up driving on the shoulder of the road which allowed a semi truck to get into my lane and avoid crashing into another semi trying to make a left turn. That doesn't sound too dramatic, but at the time it really was.
What struck me the most in this situation was that if I had been distracted by talking on the phone, texting (which I don't do), fiddling with the CD player or daydreamingÂ€Â”I would not be here typing right now but rather in a morgue somewhere in central Missouri. This is indeed a humbling thought.
In my 42 years of driving the 8 or 9 million miles I have driven; I have seen people do everything from putting makeup on to playing with their computers while driving. I have seen huge trucks go all the way over onto the shoulder as the driver was obviously lighting a cigarette. I have seen parents turned all the way toward the backseat talking to their child with no eye on the road. Is it any wonder there are so many accidents?
As important as not getting distracted is when driving, it pales in comparison to the need to stay focused in our walk with God. If we dare allow ourselves to start looking at things that are not of God, before we know what happened, we will end up getting smacked. It is so important that we strive to keep our eyes on the Master and pay no heed to the bright flashing lights and loud noises around us. I am always amazed at how the guards at Buckingham Palace are like statues in that nothing distracts them.
In the lobby of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Missouri, there is a picture of a line of German shepherd dogs in training to become guide dogs for the blind. Running directly in front of them is a cat. All the dogs were not the least bit concerned about that cat, except one. That one could not stand it and can be seen in the picture breaking ranks to chase the cat. Obviously that dog never graduated from seeing eye school.
Aren't we all experts at allowing things to distract us? Couldn't we all write books about the times we have been distracted and proceeded to veer off on a tangent and ending up totally missing a deadline or goal? It takes incredible discipline to not get distracted. It takes incredible commitment to stay focused on the goal or better yetÂ€Â”upon the Master.
From a practical point of view, may I urge one and all to make sure that when you get behind the wheel of any vehicle that you keep your mind on the road and your eyes open at all times. I learned again today how it is at times a matter of life and death to stay awake, alert and focused not only when driving but in all of life.
I thank God that he kept you safe today. But I have seen people reading newspapers as they drive. Its madness, total madness.
Good advice from you, it may just save our own life some day.
Praise the Lord He has allowed you to write a blog to share about the incident, and kept you safe.
Thanks for the timely reminder for us on the road of life to stay focussed on getting safely to heaven and not get distracted.
God is good! Praise the Lord for His protection! Keep eyes focused on Jesus and see how He comes to our rescue time and time again. Thank you for sharing this experience and message with us! revgenlink