Two accidents this morning! Can you believe it?
I was driving the kids to school; my GPS told me to go to the side street instead of the highway.
I was suspicious. Because there was an accident yesterday morning on the highway, there can not be another accident today, right?
So I chose to follow my own judgment.
As we moved on like snails for three miles, I saw two accidents within half-mile of distance.
Already flustered by the traffic, when I saw those collided cars piling on the side of the road, I muttered under my breath:” stupid!”
I caught myself in an instant– oh my, did I just say the ”s” word? The very word that we baned in our household?
Godly guilt was on me, beating me down.
I looked back at my three precious children and thought—
Instead of getting frustrated, should I be grateful that:
I was not the ones who got rear-ended or head on bumped?
my children were safe in my car?
Even though I lost ten precious minutes in the morning, we were still on time for school?
I stared praying for those who were in the accidents, and realized: we are so conditioned with modern conveniences in our lives that we become so easily sidetracked by little inconveniences.
Life should not be convenient. Jesus never promised that we would have a trouble-free life!
John 16:33 said:” I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In this world, we will have trouble! We will have inconveniences, accidents, sickness, and things don’t go our way.
But take heart — all will be ok, because God is leading the way.
”By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night.” Exodus 13:21
Those Israelites didn’t have inconveniences in their lives. They have major troubles in their lives– they were wandering in the desert!
But God was with them, and provided cloud, fire, water, and manna for them. He was with them day and night.
Yes, remember that!
And instead of huffing and puffing about the traffic jams, I need to think about how many flaming arrows my God had blocked for me: with all that milage we piled on in our cars, we could easily be the ones that in an accident and caused the traffic!
I hope that I will never take a safe drive to school for granted.
And I will trust the expert– my GPS, instead of my own judgment next time.