I, mild-mannered, makes-a-complete-stop-at-every-stop sign—Ann Maree, have been the recipient of road rage. There I was, mindin my own business, waiting to turn right at a stoplight. In the cross lane of traffic was a ‘gentleman’ waiting to turn left onto the street in which I was sitting–or so I thought. The traffic subsided and I took my RIGHT OF THE WAY turn when….HONK!!!! HONK honk HONk HoNk Honk HONK!!!!!! Apparently the gentleman was doing a U turn, not a LEFT turn, and I was in HIS way. Now his honking, obnoxious response would have been bad enough, however what happened next floored me. As I proceeded in the center lane, the ‘gentleman’ gunned his SUV and merged from the right lane directly in front of me. He cut me off. Stunned, I slammed on my brakes and successfully avoided a collision. I could not believe someone would use a 4000lb vehicle to retaliate; particularly when they were in the wrong! I crawled slowly forward in an effort to steer completely clear of his car, and watched as he rode up the tail of yet another unsuspecting victim; HONK!!!! HONK honk HONk HoNk Honk HONK!!!!!!
Never one to throw away a perfectly good illustration, I drove to my destination deep in review. Was I in the wrong? No, every stoplight I passed included a sign that indicates those making a U turn must yield. When I threw my arm (arm, not finger!) up in the air from utter shock, did I provoke the driver to respond as he did? No, his melodic honking reaction occurred first. While my knees knocked down the highway I came to the conclusion that it happened. It just happened.
It was, however, an excellent opportunity for me to evaluate my ‘actions,’ what I do and what I do not do. “Time and again the Bible emphasizes the importance of our actions. ‘Who is the man who desires life, and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.’ Ps 34:12-14” THIS time I reacted well. That’s not to say I would EVERY time, however God graciously gave me this experience as an opportunity to evaluate myself.
Isn’t He amazing?
Since beginning this trek of eradicating the sin that hinders my motivation, God has provided the above circumstance (collecting data: action), an under-active thyroid diagnosis (collecting data: medical) and the ability to MEMORIZE (don’t fall over, Wendy) 7…..SEVEN verses in James (collecting data: resources)
By the way, He then used those very verses the next day to counsel me…more on that tomorrow.
Let’s repeat….ISN’t HE AMAZING?
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8