I am amazed how our surroundings can lull us off to sleep. Recently Tracey and I drove home from Gulf Shores Alabama. On our way through Birmingham the traffic became pretty thick but it never really slowed down. Although the number of cars increased we still managed to keep a pace of about 75 miles per hour, and I suddenly became aware how dangerous this could be if you thought about it too much. If you were to think about the things we do from a logical point of view we probably wouldn’t do them anymore. We get into a heavy metal container, strap a belt around us and hurl ourselves forward at 75 plus miles per hour. Not only do we do that, we do it surrounded by hundreds of others doing it with no prior knowledge of them, who they are, or what their agenda really is.
The highway can be a great picture of life. There are countless cars representing countless families, fears, plans and futures all speeding by in seconds. Just one false move or distraction and it can end in a flash. We saw a car off the side of the road about 50 feet crumpled among three trees with an ambulance crew guiding a gurney toward them. Lights were flashing so the traffic slowed down for a brief moment only to floor it and find our place in the line seconds later. Isn’t that how life becomes? We live as though we have all this time and all is well when in a flash everything can come to a screeching halt!
We have no idea who was in that car or what caused them to run off the road maybe they were distracted or fell asleep. As we passed by Tracey just naturally, almost subconsciously, breathed out a prayer for them. One minute they were driving perhaps even laughing about something and the next they were in an ambulance on their way to the hospital.
Today I felt a little bit of a shake up was in order because we are so easily distracted or lulled off to sleep by our routine. Ephesians 5:14-16 tells us, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Tracey and I arrived home safely from our 9 hour drive and what a joy it is to see our house, our neighbor and cats. I think vacations are a good thing. Its fun to live as if you have no schedule or limitations, but life isn’t vacation it’s routine and sometimes even monotony. The trick is to remain alert even while it seems like going through the motions. You never know when you will come upon someone’s life in a wreck. Maybe we were on the road at that precise place so Tracey could pray for them. Who knows? Maybe you are right where you are in life so you can pray for someone else. Pay attention!
Written by Louie