Thursday, November 12, 2009

Slip-sliding away

"Well, you see, I was getting on the entrance ramp and well, it's like. . .I sort of spun out. I'm OK and so is the car but it's stuck and facing the wrong way."

Don't you just hate getting these kind of calls? If you have little kids, just wait. Big Wheels turn into bicycles which morph mysteriously into two thousand pound moving targets. This time it was Caleb on the other end of the line. The wet road and his slightly aggressive acceleration on the curvy ramp (I'm just taking a wild guess on this one) caused him to lose contact with the road, sending him into an unanticipated spin. Thankfully, his angels didn't desert him and after rescuing him with the Jeep and a tow rope, we are all safe and sound back home.

But isn't that how life is? We get just a little complacent, thinking that we can take the road in front of us at the same speed as always.  We're almost on autopilot. But when we do so, we gravely err. We fail to recognize things that need our attention: family, our relationship with God, keeping our priorities straight.  And before we know it, we are spinning out of control and headed for the ditch. It's only when we screech to a halt that we see the truth.

May we keep our eyes on the road. May we see the warning signs. May we be steadfast.

"Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees!"  (Psalm 119:5)

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