I was driving home today in bumper to bumper traffic. I looked down for a second and yeah, you guessed it. I tapped the guy in front of me. Now I know everyone says tap, but when I say tap, I mean tap. I didn’t have my foot on the accelerator, just on the brake, but you know how you can be rolling and you don’t even realize it? That’s what happened.
Thank you Lord for excellent brakes.
So this fellow, cool looking dude with sunglasses, slowly opens his door, gets out of his car, swaggers to the back, looks at his bumper, turns to me in disgust, shaking his head and gets back in his car. At the same time, I am out of the car crying, “I am soooo sorry.” I felt like a dirty rotten scoundrel with no way to make it right.
I got back in my car defending myself, you know how it goes. Trying to make a wrong situation a little bit “more right,” thinking how rude he was and hey, I didn’t mean to do it, I’m sure he thought I was texting and I wasn’t and there wasn’t any damage, etc., etc., etc.,
When it comes down to it, I was in the wrong!!! I wasn’t watching, I hit his car and I can thank God because it could have been a lot worse.
I am always looking for a teachable moment, a takeaway. It wasn’t until I got home, told the story a couple of times to my family and then relived it in a quiet moment. Here’s what I came up with.
Don’t look down. One moment of inattention causes most accidents on the road. (True, read the stats.)
Be gracious and understanding. (Colossians 3:12, Philippians 2:3) What if I had been the one who was hit? I know I would have been irritated. And who knows what kind of day this fellow had. He might have been at the end of his rope.
Pray. (Colossians 4:2) Isn’t this a golden opportunity to pray for someone? My grandmother was the only Christian who knew me when I was born. She prayed for me for 31 years and one day I heard about Jesus and asked Him to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. We will never know until we get to heaven, just how much our prayers have meant.
Do not let situations like this define you. ( Ephesians 4:24, 1 Peter 2:9, John 1:12) Yes, I did something wrong and I am not going to look down in bumper to bumper traffic, I will pay attention, but I am not a bad person. My heart is in the right place. Jesus sees me a lot differently than this fellow does. This is where my worth comes from.
Changing You, Little by Little