Updated: Jan 12
Good morning, it is Tuesday, July 6, 2021
I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. As I was driving in this morning, I spent just a bit too much time looking in my rear-view mirror and drifted to my left just enough to hit the rumble strips. That will get your attention!
Here is a little trivia for you: Rumble strips were first implemented on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey in 1952. They are designed to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger. They are also called Sleeper Lines.
If you have ever drifted off to sleep, or drifted out of your lane, you are thankful for those “guideposts”! They alert you rather quickly that some course of action needs to be taken as soon as possible. But here is the bottom line, if I had been looking forward, instead of behind me, I would not have encountered the rumble strips this morning.
Several years ago, I was traveling west on a side street, Savage Street to be exact. Savage crosses over two of our town’s main arteries; 7th street which is a one-way running south to north and 6th street which is a one-way running north to south.
I seldom traveled on Savage and as I approached the intersection, the light turned red. I had my left blinker on prepared to head south but the car across the intersection facing me had their blinker on preparing to turn the wrong way into oncoming traffic. I noticed they had California license plates. I sighed. I rolled down my window and started waving at them and shaking my head. I pointed up at the sign which indicated it was one-way. They ignored me. Wanting to be helpful, I honked a short beep and waved again, shaking my head passionately, pointing in the direction they needed to turn. They ignored me and when the light turned green, they turned against traffic, or so I thought. I made my turn, left, south bound when suddenly I realized I was facing three lanes of cars coming straight at me. My mind could hardly grasp what I was seeing. I gunned it to the next side street and turned off just in time. I could not believe it!! What had just happened? I was so sure the California car was in the wrong, that I did not notice I was the one that was about to make a terrible traffic maneuver. My biggest issue is I believed I was sitting at the 6th street intersection, but in reality, I was sitting at the 7th street intersection.
If I had been more concerned about what I was doing, instead of the mistake I assumed a fellow driver was about to make, I could have saved myself a lot of embarrassment.
It reminds me of Matthew 7:2-5 ESV “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.”
If I had minded my own business, I would not have made a fool out of myself. We are told to keep our eyes on Jesus. When we do, we do not drift; we do not judge; we do not sink.
Matthew 14 tells the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. He was fine until when? When he took his eyes of Jesus.
“…But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”…”
Peter took his eyes off Jesus. He saw the wind and the waves, and he became afraid and began to sink. Just like this morning, if my eyes had been where they belonged, I would not have started to drift out of my lane. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 tells us He is “author and finisher of our faith”.
Open your Bible; it is your guidepost. Keep your eyes on Jesus; He is your rumble strip.